Fuller Center cross-country bike ride to hit Americus on Friday, June 4 – Americus Times-Recorder
From staff reports
AMERICA – On Friday, June 4, four volunteer cyclists representing the Fuller Center will travel to Americus en route to Florida. These four volunteers are completing the Fuller Center Cycling Adventure: a 3,750 mile bike ride from Florida to Oregon to raise funds and raise awareness of the Fuller Center’s international headquarters for Housing (FCH), located at 701 South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard here in Americus.
Runners will arrive at Café Campesino before 11:30 am tomorrow and listen to a presentation given by Tripp Pomeroy from Café Campesino at 11:30 am. Runners will then have a police escort at noon to the Fuller Center.
According to the FCH website: www.fullercenter.org, The Fuller Center for Housing is a faith-based, Christ-centered organization that promotes collaborative and innovative partnerships with individuals and organizations in a relentless quest to provide adequate shelter to all those in need around the world.
Ryan Iafigliola, who is vice president of international programs for FCH, is the founder of Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure and has been riding with the group since they started riding in Amelia Island, Fla., Last Saturday. According to Iafigliola, the group of runners touched the water of the Atlantic Ocean before departing and the group is expected to arrive in the coastal city of Florence, OR on August 7, where they will touch the waters of the Pacific Ocean.
“Since this trip was originally scheduled for last year, many of these runners have been waiting for this moment for a very long time due to COVID,” Iafigliola said. “Not only do they run the miles, but they also stop to work in the homes of families in need of a helping hand, including stops this week in Albany and Americus.
Iafigliola went on to say that all of the runners have raised funds from their family, friends and churches to make the work possible and that runners stay in churches wherever they go. “The hospitality in Georgia so far has been incredible,” said Iafigliola. “Staying in churches, many of which feed us, allows the funds we raise to go to the mission. You could call it a missionary bicycle trip.
Iafigliola went on to say that every year he and his staff not only seek out cyclists, but also volunteer drivers and media trainees. “Of course, donations are always needed and welcome, so there are many ways to get involved and make a difference,” said Iafigliola. “On a trip across the country, it’s great to drive through the Fuller Center home region. It will be a highlight for many of our runners.