JFS bike route to be dedicated in memory of Cindy Pikul
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JFS bike route to be dedicated in memory of Cindy Pikul

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Cindy Pikul

Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson will dedicate the three-mile course in the upcoming annual JFS Wheels for Meals — A Ride to Fight Hunger in memory of former participant/race marshal/nutrition advocate Cindy Pikul, who died in July.

The symbol of a lotus flower bearing her name will be on the ride’s jerseys and medals. The course is dedicated to Ms. Pikul as a tribute to her three years of volunteerism and spirit. The lotus blossom was chosen by Team TBW, whose members also participate in Wheels for Meals, to honor her spirit. She was also a member of Team TBW, out of the Tenafly Bicycle Workshop.

The fifth annual Wheels for Meals — A Ride to Fight Hunger will be on Sunday, June 14, the weekend before Father’s Day, at the Jewish Home at Rockleigh. The ride, a major fundraiser for Jewish Family Service of Bergen and North Hudson, supports initiatives that fight hunger in Bergen County — Meals on Wheels and the food pantry, which serve a diverse range of area residents. Event coordinators are expecting more than 500 riders to raise over $150,000.

The memorial lotus symbol will be used on Wheels for Meals jerseys.
The memorial lotus symbol will be used on Wheels for Meals jerseys.

Last year, JFS delivered 28,000 nutritionally balanced meals to the homebound elderly and disabled.

Cyclists may register for the fundraiser alone or as teams, for courses ranging from 3 to 50 miles, depending on age and ability. There also will be a fun walk for people of all ages.

Corporation sponsorships and vendor opportunities are available. For information, email barbara.bender@yahoo.com. JFS is also seeking volunteers to work at the ride. To learn more, go to www.ridetofighthunger.com.

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