Bikur Cholim of Baltimore expects to raise around $70,000 at its first bike-a-thon on Sunday, Sept. 7.
The organization, which provides services to Jewish patients with medical issues in hospitals and in the community, expects about 150 riders to participate in the ride through rural Baltimore County.
“It’s a good way to raise money and for people to have fun, and it certainly promotes a healthy lifestyle,” said Aron Katz, the group’s president. “Getting exercise fits into our mission, and at the same time [the event is] raising awareness and raising funds.”
Bikur Cholim provides transportation to medical appointments and delivery of fresh kosher meals and has two apartments for families from out of town who come to Baltimore for medical treatment, kosher pantries and hospitality suites at local hospitals Johns Hopkins, Sinai and University of Maryland. The organization has 350 volunteers, 40 of whom visit patients every week in various hospitals.
The bike-a-thon has 40-, 25- and 10-mile rides, all of which start and end at Beth Tfiloh Congregation.
When the ride is over, there will be a barbeque for riders and their families that features kids’ activities and a short program.
For more information, visit baltimorebikurcholim.org.