Bike ride supports meal program

Kootenay Christian Fellowship and Castlegar Christian Fellowship, in cooperation with the Nelson First Baptist Church, are holding the sixth annual Pedal Along a Rail Route on Saturday, July 23. This is an annual event in an effort to raise funds for Our Daily Bread.

Kootenay Christian Fellowship and Castlegar Christian Fellowship, in cooperation with the Nelson First Baptist Church, are holding the sixth annual Pedal Along a Rail Route on Saturday, July 23. This is an annual event in an effort to raise funds for Our Daily Bread.

Our Daily Bread is Nelson’s only hot lunch program. It runs five days per week and serves approximately 40 to 50 people daily throughout the year. Along with a hot meal, guests also have access to telephone, fax, computer, and counseling services. All are provided in a barrier-free environment.

Our Daily Bread is operating completely on support from businesses and individuals within the community and surrounding area.

The day includes a leisurely four to five hour bike ride along an old railroad bed. Transportation is available in Nelson at the Central School gym parking lot (the corner of Ward and Mills Street) at 7:15 a.m. and in Castlegar at Castlegar Christian Fellowship (1801 Connors Road) at 8:15 a.m. Participants will then be transported to the Paulson Detour Road to start the ride around 9 a.m.

There is one short uphill climb at the beginning of the day and the rest is downhill. As this is an old railway route, there are a few dark tunnels along the way, as well as trestles which have decks and railings installed.

The ride will conclude at the Celgar mill parking lot. There will be a support vehicle along the route should any rider require assistance. At the conclusion of the ride a hot meal will be served for all participants.

Riders should bring their own water bottle for the ride, snacks for the day, flashlight for the tunnels, and appropriate clothing for the weather. Mountain or trail bikes are highly recommended and helmets are mandatory.

Entry for this fundraising event is only $60 or a minimum of $125 in sponsorship pledges.

If you would like more information about the PARR 6 or to register, contact Kootenay Christian Fellowship at 250-352-7700, office@kcfoffice.com. Registration forms can be found online at kootenaychristianfellowship.com/part6.html. The deadline for registration is June 30.

For more information on Our Daily Bread, call 250-352-7700, email office@kcfoffice.com, visit us online at kootenaychristianfellowship.com/odb.html, or feel free to stop in for lunch and see Our Daily Bread’s success in action.