Bike rider pedals to combat starvation
Posted: Sep. 9, 2020 11:28 am Up to date: Sep. 9, 2020 2:33 pm
HANNIBAL | Mark Wiewel has pedaled greater than 20,000 miles since 2006 on his recumbent bicycle, elevating greater than $724,000 for space meals pantries in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri — together with greater than $36,000fortheDouglassCommunityServicesFood Pantry since 2010.
Wiewel stopped by DCS on Friday, visiting with Neighborhood Outreach Initiatives Director Stacey Nicholas to drop off a test for $5,410 as he continued towards his 2020 objective of pedaling his bicycle 1,500 miles — 300 miles for every of the 5 meals pantries he helps. Wiewel had hip alternative surgical procedure in February 2020 and was not allowed to trip his bicycle till April 24 — however he is already pedaled greater than 1,200 miles since that point, and could possibly be seen on the I-172 bridge previously few weeks. Wiewel has been matching donations to space meals pantries since founding Bike for Meals Pantries in 2006, and he is raised $724,332 for 19 meals pantries whereas using mile after mile on his bicycle.
Wiewel’s work to assist meals pantries goes again to rides together with his late spouse, Karen, who handed away in January 2015 after a brave battle with most cancers.
The couple used to trip collectively for the reason for serving to space meals pantries. In 2016, Wiewel’s daughter, Caroline, joined him on his mission. He rides year-round, “as a result of folks eat three hundred and sixty five days a 12 months.”
Throughout Bike For Meals’s first 12 months, the objective of $1,000 grew to $2,000 for 4 Quincy meals pantries. In 2015, donations got here to $111,000. From 2006 to 2015, bike rides coupled with numerous donations introduced in additional than $321,000 to space meals pantries.
Wiewel labored with a sponsor in earlier years to offer matching funds, however he offered a car a couple of years in the past so he may write the checks to every meals pantry personally.
“Be a blessing to someone right this moment,” is Wiewel’s mission assertion, and it rings true every time he visits an space meals pantry just like the Douglass Neighborhood Middle Meals Pantry. Nicholas mentioned Wiewel’s donations had been significantly appreciated.
“The donations from the bike trip actually make a distinction to our pantry, which due to COVID is serving increasingly more folks,” Nicholas mentioned. “We’re at all times grateful for donors who step up or trip as much as make their contributions, so we’re very grateful for this.”
As Wiewel continues towards his objective for 2020, he harassed 100% of individuals’s donations go towards the meals pantry. He then makes a private matching donation for every donation despatched to DCS Meals Pantry marked “Bike.”
Donations could be despatched electronically by means of the DCS web site at www.douglassonline.org by utilizing the Neighborhood Outreach Initiatives possibility. Checks with the phrase “Bike” on them could be mailed to Douglass Neighborhood Middle, 711 Grand Avenue, Hannibal, Mo. 63401.