06 January 2014

Club Donations in 2013

Written by Leslee Mitchell

The club was busy in 2013 paying it forward, donating over $20,000 to various cycling-related causes.

 A donation of $10 per club membership was made to the Florida Bicycle Association, as well as $3000 in donations to the League of American Bicyclists  to continue their work advocating for cyclists at both the state and federal level.

The club donated over 300 children’s helmets to Suwannee and Madison counties (where the Florida Bicycle Safari  is held) and to the Clermont area schools (where the Horrible Hundred is held). The club also donated helmets to the Down Syndrome Foundation of Central Florida to support their iCan Bike event.

The club again in 2013 was a major sponsor of the Tour de Cure ride which benefits the American Diabetes Association.  The FFW team raised more money for the ADA than any other cycling club in 2013, almost $13,000.  The Freewheelers also sponsored teams for the Champions Ride for Charities which benefits The Share Center and The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, as well as the CF Cycle for Life which benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  The club donated to the New Hope for Kids Charity in support of their Christmas Kids Ride. The Freewheelers donated over $1600 to sponsor club members to participate in the inaugural Share the Road Celebration of Cycling weekend event which featured advocacy and education programs as well as several area rides and benefited Bike Florida and the Florida Bicycle Association.

Additional donations were made to the Ocala Mountain Bike Association to continue their off-road trail development and maintenance programs, the Goldenrod Community Alliance which focuses on Cady Way Trail safety and crime prevention, and the Ride of Silence to honor cyclists who have been injured or killed and to raise awareness of cyclists on the road.

If you know of a worthy cycling-related cause that might benefit from a donation from our club in 2014, please contact the club’s Charitable Causes Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our value criteria in selection are (1) cycling relevant, (2) local benefit, (3) promotes club, (4) member benefit, and (5) supports our sponsors.