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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Second annual bike ride raises over $10,000 for L’Arche Spokane

the Inland Register

(From the October 20, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Pictured are David Herman, Jennifer Bermingham, Ryan Keplar, Emma Kennelly, Tom Webb, Leslie Nicoll, Kevin Vandeventer, Kira Crosby, Mike Butcher, Don Weber, Todd Rothrock, Sean Doneen, Jim Olson and Rusty Hand. In front are Steve Helms and Jesuit Father Richard Case on the bike. (IR photo courtesy of L’Arche Spokane)

On Aug. 20, the L’Arche Spokane community came together to ride for a mile and give a big sendoff to Jim Olson, who rode 200 miles to raise funds for the organization.

Steve Helms from the St. Aloysius Knights of Columbus led the ride with his motorcycle. Seated on the motorcycle is Jesuit Father Dick Case, pastor of St. Aloysius, who came to give a blessing to the event.

L’Arche Spokane is a member of the International Federation of L’Arche, an organization dedicated to providing homes for people with developmental disabilities. The mission of L’Arche is to make known the gifts of people with intellectual disabilities and then using those gifts to work toward a more human society.

Jim Olson first met L’Arche is 2009. He has spent most of his adult life teaching children with disabilities. Combining this with another passion – encouraging health and wellness – Jim decided to ride 200 miles and raise money for L’Arche.

There is a little more to Olson’s story. This year he turned 71 years young; he also has Parkinson’s disease. Olson’s doctors tell him that riding his bike helps keep his symptoms in check. Knowing how riding directly impacts his own health, Olson set out to share this with the “core members” at L’Arche.

A local business, Bike’s 2 People, made a bike specifically for one of the guys; everybody dusted off their bikes and spent the summer preparing for the ride kickoff. Friends gathered in front of Trinity House for a celebration.

Olson completed his ride on Aug. 22 and 23. The City of Spokane declared Aug. 22 to be L’Arche Spokane Day in the city.

To date, the bike ride has brought in over $10,000.

If you would like to support the Ride please send all donations to L’Arche Spokane 703 E. Nora, Spokane, WA 99207.


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