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Paul Anderson Bike Ride Starts Thursday
Wednesday, 29 September 2010

September 29--  Five young men from the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia are off and pedalling for dollars in the home's annual bike ride, a seven-day 530 mile trip that winds through north Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.


(L-R) Matt, Armand and Brad are three of the five cyclists departing Thursday on the annual fundraiser for the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia.

Matt, a 19-year-old from Memphis, thinks he's ready.  "We've been training about three times a week riding from 15 to 60 miles," he said.  At first, Matt said his legs felt like "jello pudding, but the shower felt good."

Paul Anderson founded the youth home nearly 50 years ago and rode a bicycle to Boys Town in Omaha as a fundraiser.

Riders like Armand, an 18-year-old from Roswell, are glad he did.  "I grew up in a home with a lot of problems and troubles.  Since I've been here over a year it's picked me up and showed my what life really holds.  It's given me a lot of respect for what God is doing in my life," he says.

Another rider, Brad from Wilmington, NC says it's good to be able to give back.  "I think they deserve everything they can get back for all the things they've been doing for nearly 50 years.  They really deserve a helping hand in reaching out to the boys and like Paul Anderson said, 'Give a lift," Brad says.

The riders leave Vidalia Thursday and travel to their start point near Atlanta.  They're scheduled to return to the Sweet Onion City by Thursday, October 7.

You can follow their progress on the web at www.payhbikeride.com.



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