A huge thank you to everyone who helped and spread the word about the bike rodeo at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church to kick off our summer lunch program. We had nearly 150 participants, gave away 60 helmets, and tried to get as many youth as possible hooked up with bikes that work. It has been exciting to see so many youth showing up to the summer lunch program on their bikes. We had an average of 45 youth a day during our first week. It costs us about $10 a week to feed one youth for five days. If you would like to help, donations may be sent to Shepherd of the Valley, PO Box 34859, Juneau, AK 99803. Volunteers are also needed if you would like to stop by for an interview and more information.
A special thanks to the following for their help with the bike rodeo: John McConnochie, Cycle Alaska, and the Juneau Freewheelers Bike Club for all their hard work; thanks to McDonald’s restaurant for the cups, coupons and drinks; Juneau Police Department for donating the confiscated bikes; Home Depot for the bike locks; Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and State Injury Prevention Program for the helmets, the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities for leading the bike rodeo; and the fire department for the fire truck.
Pastor Tari Stage-Harvey, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church