Anytime Fitness a stopover for Children’s’ Advocacy Centers charity bike ride
October 4, 2013, On October 16, 2013, representatives and supporters of Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois are asking individuals and businesses to take the challenge to help raise funds and awareness for the work done to combat child sexual and physical abuse throughout Illinois.
During the six day event, Anytime Fitness Lincoln will be hosting a rest area at their location at Keokuk and Logan on October 19. The bikers are expected to come through the area at approximately noon and anyone wishing to become involved or to donate to the cause is encouraged to attend.
Stop the Cycle of Abuse Ride, championed by Antioch residents John Frugo and Lynette Garrett, aims to raise $150,000 to help support the programs and services provided by 39 CACs throughout the state.
“We are so pleased to be working with John and Lynn to create a signature event for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois to support the 39 CACs throughout Illinois who, last year, were referred over 10,000 children for forensic interviewing, medical and mental health services, and advocacy and case coordination,” says Billie Larkin, Executive Director of CACI. “We’re also thrilled that Governor Quinn has stepped forward to be part of such an important initiative, acting as Grand Marshall for the event.”
The six day event, covering 360 miles along historic Route 66, begins at the Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County in Hoffman Estates on Wednesday, October 16, 2013. Avid cyclists and occasional riders are encouraged to register as individuals or part of a team. The event, presented in six segments, will have riders biking 60 miles each day, stopping in Joliet, Pontiac, Bloomington, Lincoln, Springfield, Staunton and ending in St. Louis, Missouri on October 21, 2013 where more than 1,000 students and teachers will rally to greet participants as they finish the event. One of the participants will be St. Louis native and Rising Above founder John O’Leary.
“It has been said that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18. Helping children and families heal from this trauma and break the cycle of abuse is our number one goal,” explains Tony Holly, CACI’s Director of Development. “We are well aware that raising $150,000 between now and October is a serious endeavor; but we are confident this goal can be reached if we all work together.”
“This event is a fantastic way for individuals and potential sponsors to get involved at many levels,” says Larkin. “Whether biking 60 miles or 360 miles, each person has the chance to make a positive difference in the lives of children they may never have the chance to meet.”
To register, visit www.stopthecycle.net. For more information about CACI or Stop the Cycle Ride volunteer opportunities contact Tony Holly, Director of Development for CACI at 1-217-528-2224 or visit www.stopthecycle.net