By Tia Lynn Ivey
The 15th Annual Spin for Kids, a bicycle race for Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge, has raised over $409,000.
Camp Twin Lakes in Rutledge provides special needs children with a one-of-a-kind away camp experience for an entire week.
“It’s still climbing,” said Brittany Dubay Gaddis, communication specialist of the donations pouring in. “Fundraising will remain open through October 30, and the total will continue to be updated at www.spinforkids.org. This money will go directly to camper scholarships! Camp subsidizes 70 percent of the cost of each camper, making Camp as financially accessible as it is physically and medically accessible!”
This year the event drew 386 riders, with about 100 riders participating virtually, cycling on routes of their choosing in solidarity with the race at Camp Twin Lakes.
“This event was our 15th Spin For Kids! We are blown away by our riders who remained committed to supporting our campers throughout the many challenges of this year,” said Gaddis. “We have learned this year that Camp is essential. For the extraordinary campers and families we serve, Camp is not only a fun week in the summer—it is a vital resource and critical part of their overall wellness. Our Spin For Kids riders continue to ensure that we can provide children and young adults with serious illnesses, disabilities, and life-challenges with intentional and therapeutic camp experiences for years to come.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus, this year’s bike ride was socially-distanced to keep participants and spectators safe.
“We are truly overwhelmed by the support of our riders, sponsors, and volunteers who helped make this year’s Spin for Kids a success,” said Cheryl Belair, Chief Development Officer, Camp Twin Lakes. “We are especially grateful for the faithful support we receive from the Morgan County community. We had more than 250 riders of all ages and skill levels join us at our beautiful Rutledge campus, in addition to more than 100 participants who rode in other locations of their choosing. During this time of uncertainty, we are especially grateful for the continued support and encouragement of our community. Their commitment to Camp allows us to provide vital programs to Georgia’s most vulnerable families when they need us most.”
Riders enjoyed the beautiful Fall weather while raising money for a worthy cause.
“Great job by the CTL staff and volunteers! One of the most professional, well-organized and fun events (rides, runs, etc) that I’ve attended,” said one rider.
“I honestly cannot help using all superlatives to describe our ride experience; I promise it’s not just hyperbole. My 12-year old son and I rode the 47 mile together. Although I am a seasoned cyclist, this was a big goal for my son – and to achieve it knowing that he helped others in the process is a lifelong lesson for him,” said another rider. “Everything about this ride was outstanding – from the excellent communication throughout, especially in an uncertain year, to the organization at check in, to the enthusiasm and support of the volunteers, to the safety of the ride on a beautiful and well-marked course – nothing was overlooked. We felt safe and fully supported the entire time. ‘Where Challenges Become Triumphs’ – seeing that on our drive in and also on our last push to the finish line – wow!”
The annual community cycling event is the perfect way to safely enjoy the outdoors with friends and family while providing life-changing camp experiences for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, or other life challenges at Camp Twin Lakes. Spin For Kids has raised over $3.5 million and sent more than 6,500 kids to camp,” said Gaddis.
To find out more information about Camp Twin Lakes or how to give: visit www.spinforkids.org.