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Family Centre invites the community to participate in their annual cycling event, as part of their continued resolution to assist with strengthening children and families in Bermuda. The 4th annual Cycle for Change will be held Sunday, January 5th, 2014.

The Cycle for Change event continues to be a family oriented cycling event that encourages quality family time and healthy living. This event promotes the importance of wellness through exercise and encourages families to spend time together.

“We try to hold special events that bring families together for quality time,” says Family Centre Executive Director, Martha Dismont. “We also appreciate the opportunity to partner with companies that believe in the programs Family Centre offers.”

Antonia Holder, Assistant Vice President of Development at Freisenbruch Meyer comments on the Cycle for Change partnership with Family Centre, “Freisenbruch-Meyer Group is proud to be a sponsor of this particular Family Centre event. We have a long standing relationship with the charity and truly believe in their philanthropic mission to address family based problems with preventative programmes that ultimately break generational issues. Their Cycle for Change event is a timeless fundraiser that encourages the whole family to spend time together and we are excited to be a part of it.”

Elite cyclists, members of the Bermuda Bicycle Association and the Fat Tire Massive group, will begin in Dockyard with a 9:30am start and the family cycle ride is scheduled to begin at the Arboretum with a 10:00am start. Chris Roque, of Fat Tire Massive states, “We are excited to support this valuable event again this year. It is a great way to spend time with family while supporting a great cause.” All cyclists will take a leisurely route through Bermuda’s parks, scenic landscape and tranquil railway trail finishing at Ferry Reach.

A registration fee of $20 per person in advance, or $25 on event day, includes a backpack, t-shirt and water bottle. Children under 14 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. All cyclists under the age of 18 must fill out a waiver and return it with the registration form. Registration and Pledge forms are available from Family Centre, Winner’s Edge, and Bicycle Works or via email at cycle@selectsitesgroup.com. Press Release: New Year Cycle for Change Page 2 December 2014

Road marshals will be present throughout the family cycle portion of the ride which begins at the Aboretum. There will be water stops and restrooms along the route, and riders will enjoy lemonade refreshments, food vendors and musical entertainment at the conclusion of the ride.

Family Centre hopes that each cyclist/family will make an effort to raise at least $50 in pledges on top of the registration fee, and every cyclist that raises $100 or more in pledges will have their name entered into a draw for great prizes.

All registration packets will be available for collection from Freisenbruch-Meyer Group on Friday, January 3rd from 10am-3pm. The rain date for the Family Cycle Ride will be Saturday, January 11th. There is NO RAIN date for the Elite Cycle Race.