In cooperation with the Naperville Sunrise Club and Bikes for Lesotho, cyclists and bike riders may donate used bikes during the Rotary Ride at Commissioners Park.
Bikes are collected, repaired and shipped to kids in Lesotho, Africa, via containers. Many of the children who receive the bikes are orphans of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The cost to collect, repair and ship is $25 per bike.
In addition to End Polio Now, the Ride will benefits local charities. 2018 local charity beneficiaries are still being determined by the Ride Committee.
Past recipients have been Loaves & Fishes Community Services, Naperville Responds For Veterans and SamaraCare.
Loaves & Fishes Community Services has a vision is to end hunger in our community. Their mission is to provide food and leadership in the community by uniting and mobilizing resources to empower people to be self-sufficient..
Naperville Responds For Veterans assists Veterans and their families in need by raising donations of money, building materials and professional labor and coordinates the process of repairing, building and donating homes.
SamaraCare is a provider, educator and advocate for progressive mental health counseling in Naperville.
The Rotary Club of Naperville / Downtown is one of three Rotary Clubs serving Naperville, Illinois. Chartered in February 2007, RCN/ Downtown is a member of Rotary International and District 6450. This is the first year RCN Downtown will be hosting the Rotary Ride.
The Club meets weekly at 4:44PM on most Wednesdays in the Fish Pond at Hugo’s Frog Bar and Fish House in Main Street Promenade, located at 55 South Main Street in downtown Naperville. Typically, members start arriving at 4:30PM for fellowship and fun, take attendance at 4:44PM and begin the official meeting at 5PM where the focus is on engaging and enlightening programs.
Look for the yellow Rotary signboard in the plaza for directions to the meeting room. All Rotarians are welcome as well as those community-minded individuals interested in the weekly educational program. The guest fee is $20 which includes delicious appetizers and assorted beverages and/or wine graciously provided by RCN/Downtown and Hugo’s.