Pedaling toward a better world

A Special to the Reporter
Staff Writer

Several service-oriented cyclists will take to the Natchez Trace this April, riding 450 miles with the Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure from Nashville, TN to Natchez, MS. Among the cyclists is Sweetwater resident Brian Niedert, who rode with the group for the first time in 2017.
Beginning at the head of the Trace in Nashville, the group of cyclists will head south to Duck River on their first ride day. The following days lead them through Collinwood, TN, Saltillo, MS, Houston, MS, Kosciusko, MS, Jackson, MS, and into their ultimate destination, Natchez, MS.
Now in its 11th year, the Bike Adventure is a ministry of The Fuller Center for Housing – a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Americus, GA, which is dedicated to building and renovating homes in partnership with those in need. The Fuller Center was launched in 2005 by Millard and Linda Fuller, who co-founded Habitat for Humanity in 1976. Today, the Fuller Center continues the Fullers’ vision for a grassroots, decentralized, and faith-based movement working to eliminate poverty housing worldwide.
The Bike Adventure has raised over $2 million in support of the Fuller Center since its founding in 2008. In 2017, Niedert raised $4,728: enough to build a home with The Fuller Center in Haiti. This year, he has raised his fundraising goal to $5,500 in an effort to build yet another home for a Haitian family in need.
All Bike Adventure riders will raise approximately $1 per mile, and will work on a service sites in Nashville and Houston with local Fuller Center partners. In every small town and big city along the way, the riders will proudly share and bear testament to the mission of the Fuller Center.
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