Riding for Habitat

Published 2:39 am Wednesday, May 6, 2009

By By Chandler Myers
Citizens of Atmore and Brewton received a good view of their local habitats on Saturday during the first ever Habitat for Humanity bike ride from Brewton to Atmore as a part of the Mayfest activities.
The bike ride, which helped raise funds to build homes, featured several competitors hopping on their bicycles and riding the 29.5 miles from Burnt Corn Creek Park in Brewton to Tom Byrne Park in Atmore.
The winners of the bike ride were Brewton’s Will Ruzic in the male division and Atmore’s Natalie Nall on the female side of the race.
Alecia Glaize, executive director for Escambia County Habitat for Humanity, said the bike ride for Habitat was a success.
One of the largest goals of the bike ride was to raise awareness that Habitat for Humanity now serves the entire county and not just Brewton.
Glaize said the response from other places was a pleasant surprise.
The success seen through the bike ride has generated buzz to make the event more than just a one-time deal.
Glaize said every goal set up for the bike ride was pulled off, which has the board of directors for the organzation looking into adding the event every year.
Coming up for the Escambia County Habitat for Humanity will be another home being built this fall in Brewton.
Glaize said that aside from this home, the board of directors is meeting Thursday to vote on the next families that will receive their homes including two in Atmore. She added that Habitat for Humanity is always looking for donations to make the cost of building the homes lower.

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