RAGBRAI, The Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is a yearly seven-day bicycle ride across the state, and 8,500 riders will be making their way along its route July 24-30!
Variety – the Children’s Charity of Iowa, one of the Principal Charity Classic’s six Tournament Charity Partners, will be awarding 175 Variety bikes to underprivileged and at-risk children during RAGBRAI 2016, with presentations in each of the ride’s five overnight towns: Shenandoah, Creston, Centerville, Ottumwa and Washington.
In the past decade, Variety has also presented more than 160 specialized bikes to children with special needs, and 50 of those bikes donated in conjunction with funds raised by the Principal Charity Classic.
Specialized bikes help children with special needs gain mobility, confidence, freedom, independence and the chance to join in the life of their community by providing funding for specialized bicycles to children. Specialized bikes are customized for each child and range in price from $2,000 to $6,000. However, they are rarely covered by insurance, making Variety’s work that much more important.
“There is absolutely nothing like seeing a child’s face light up – and the faces of their family members – when they receive their very own specialized bike,” said Greg Conrad, Principal Charity Classic Tournament Director. “It’s very real and impactful for everyone involved, and those moments are what the Principal Charity Classic is all about.
To learn more about the Principal Charity Classic’s support of Variety, CLICK HERE.
To make a donation in support of Variety Bikes, CLICK HERE.