||June 26, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Attention: Religion, News, Features, Lifestyle Editors
Cyclists set out across Canada
TORONTO, ON More than 75 cyclists from all across Canada will hop on their bikes at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, July 2 and cycle out of Victoria, B.C., beginning a two-month, 7,800 km journey across the nation.
Representing over 17 Christian denominations, the cyclists have given up their summer to raise funds for the work of the Canadian Bible Society, an organization celebrating its centennial year of translating, publishing, distributing and encouraging the use of the Scriptures in Canada and the world.
The 64-day journey, called The Bike for Bibles Centennial Ride, will take cyclists literally over mountains and into valleys, through more than 100 Canadian communities as diverse as Swift Current, Sask. and Montreal, Que. until they hit the shores of Newfoundland on September 3. The complete ride route can be viewed at www.bikeforbibles.ca. Accompanied by bike crews and medical personnel, the cyclists will be hosted by local churches in the various communities they visit.
The cyclists themselves reflect the diversity of the Canadian Bible Society and the Canadian Church scene. There are couples and families that plan on experiencing the ride together along with several senior citizensand even one courageous couple on a tandem bike, says Bruce Kemp, ride organizer and CBS district director for North Alberta. Several participants have come all the way from Australia to support this fundraising initiative.
Just as Bible Society workers once traveled the length and breadth of this country on foot or on horseback to deliver Bibles to those who had no other means of obtaining them, each person participating in the Centennial Ride will be helping to make the Bible available to Canadians who want to read it, says Rev. Phyllis Nesbitt, national director of the Canadian Bible Society.
All the monies raised will help the Canadian Bible Society in their work of translating, publishing, distributing and encouraging the use of Scripture in Canada today. Supported by Canadians coast to coast, the Canadian Bible Society is one of Canadas oldest and most diverse Christian organizations.
The Bike for Bibles Centennial Ride could be one of the best good news stories of the summer. Clothed in eye-catching jerseys, ranging in age from teens to seniors, our team will create a wonderful picture and a great summer story.
A commissioning service will be held Saturday, July 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2121 Cedar Hill Cross Road, Victoria, B.C.
A celebration of the successful completion of the event will be held on the evening of September 3 in Newfoundland. For details call 709-722-7929
Bike for Bibles is a fundraising activity employed by Bible societies around the world. Started in Australia in 1984, the annual rides generate funds for Bible translation, publication and distribution projects globally.
The Canadian Bible Society translates, publishes, distributes and encourages the use of the Bible throughout Canada and the world. Chartered in 1906, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS) formed when 14 regional auxiliaries of the British and Foreign Bible Society in Canada (dating as far back as 1807) joined together.
The Canadian Bible Society is a member of the United Bible Societies, a fellowship of more than 140 national Bible societies around the globe.