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Big Brothers Big Sisters’ bike ride benefit signup begins

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County will be holding its third annual Biking for Buddies ride on July 27, featuring 10-, 25-, and 50-mile cycling routes, this recreational ride will begin and end on the campus of Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, with the longest route’s riders departing at 8 a.m.

Routes and logistical support will be provided by Bicycles & Skis Unlimited of Greenfield. Lunch will be provided after the ride, outside of NMH’s Beveridge Hall featuring food from Hillside Pizza of Bernardston, Red Fire Farm of Montague and C&S Wholesale in Whately.

Children and non-cyclists are welcome to join for lunch at noon for a small donation. The first 75 riders to register will get a T-shirt and a goodie bag.

Proceeds from Biking for Buddies fund Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County programs, which serve local children facing adversity in Franklin County and the North Quabbin towns of Athol, Royalston, Petersham and Phillipston. For over 46 years, the agency has been helping local children reach their highest potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with volunteers. Currently serving about 125 children, Big Brothers Big Sisters is continually seeking to serve more children who could benefit from mentors. Mentoring is truly a prevention program, as children with mentors are less likely than their peers to engage in risky behaviors and have been shown to have better relationships with parents and peers and to do better in school.

If you or someone you know would like to learn more about becoming a mentor, call 413-772-0915 or visit www.bbbs-fc.org.

The ride’s cost is $40 per adult rider. Youth (ages 13-17, with parent/guardian permission) are $25.

Riders should visit www.bikereg.com/biking-for-buddies for more information and to register.

Sponsorship is still available for this event, as are in-kind donations. For more information, call 413-772-0915.

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