Rider traverses Vermont to support Lions
DEERFIELD VALLEY - Imagine bicycling 200 miles on Route 100 from the Canadian border to Massachusetts. That’s a grueling ride, but Andrew Joseph accomplished it in just one day, all to raise money for the Deerfield Valley Lions. Joseph, who has a second home in Wilmington, has been participating in the Lions Club’s Hungry Lion Bike Tour for several years, but on Saturday, June 26, he stepped up his commitment by turning his daylong ride into a fundraiser for the HLBT. Through the kindness of Joseph, his wife Barbara Joseph, his colleagues, friends, and family, the HLBT will begin this year’s ride with more than $4,000 toward the 10th anniversary goal of $50,000.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions on travel last year, Joseph was able to devote more time to cycling, logging more than 6,000 miles in 2020. He’s already halfway to that this year. But in 2021, Joseph had an epiphany: why not celebrate his milestone accomplishment by riding for charity? He decided to seek sponsors for his miles, and donate the funds to HLBT, which is a key provider of funds to assist local families and individuals experiencing hunger and food insecurity.
As a Mount Snow ski instructor and a previous HLBT rider, Joseph recognized how the pandemic affected our community, and how much help was needed. He believed that cycling would resonate with people he knew. After sharing the news of his challenge, dollars began to roll in as quickly as his wheels spun down the highway. Right now, Joseph is the top single-year fundraiser in the 10-year history of the HLBT.
For more information or to register for this year’s ride visit hungrylionbiketour.com.