LAKE IN THE HILLS – The Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Rotary Club is sponsoring a bicycle collection for Working Bikes, an organization that rescues discarded bicycles and gives them new life.
The club also is co-sponsoring the sixth annual Pedal for PADS Bike-a-Thon to help raise money for homeless services through Pioneer Center’s McHenry County PADS (Public Action to Deliver Shelter).
Community residents have two ways to participate this Sunday.
They can donate old or nonworking bikes in any condition to the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Rotary Club. Working Bikes donates more than 6,000 bicycles each year to international and local partners.
A red tent will be located at 1113 Pyott Road, Lake in the Hills, in front of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Interfaith Food Pantry parking lot for easy dropoff between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday. Rotarians and Jacobs High School Interact students will help take bikes from vehicles. Signs will be posted.
Those who can’t drop their bicycles off Sunday should call Virginia Freyre at 224-223-7236 to arrange a pickup before Sunday.
Don’t have a bicycle to donate? Pedal for PADS event organizer Larry Ferrarini is recruiting bicycle riders and walkers of all ages and abilities to help raise money for the homeless.
Participants will choose a distance from 1 to 35 miles of the McHenry County Prairie Trail to ride or walk.
The cost is $10 a person, $30 a family or $40 for a team of six riders or fewer. All participants are encouraged to collect additional pledges, and a grand prize will be awarded to the individual that raises the most money.
Rider check-in is 8 to 9 a.m. at Larsen Park in Lake in the Hills. Take Pyott Road to East Oak Street to Creekview Lane to the parking lot.
Riders need to return by noon to enjoy music by No Left Turn, eat lunch and participate in raffles and a children’s bike parade.
For online registration, sponsorship and donations, visit www.pedal4pads.org and click sign-up.