Two brothers are representing Cleveland at the annual Bike4Chai taking place later this week. The Bike4Chai is an endurance cycling event, where almost 300 riders will travel 175 miles over 2 days by bike from Asbury Park, NJ, arriving triumphantly in Camp Simcha, NY. Together these riders have already raised over $2.4 million this year.
Every year, over 400 sick children have the opportunity to get away for 2 weeks and go to Camp Simcha or Camp Simcha Special. Over the summer, there is a Camp Simcha for boys and then for girls, which caters to children that are fighting cancer or are in remission. Camp Simcha Special has a boys and a girls session for children that are chronically ill with various long-term or permanent illnesses. These camps cost over $3 million per year to run.
A little history about the Bike4Chai: Five years ago, a staff member wanted to bring his bike to camp, but was told there was no room on the bus. While joking with a friend about riding to camp, the friend offered to donate $10,000 to Camp Simcha if he rode his bike; and with that, the Bike4Chai was born. The next year, there were 40 riders; the next year 80 riders, and last year there were 200 riders and altogether they raised over $1.8 million.
This year the Bike4Chai is scheduled to once again take place, this week on Wednesday and Thursday, July 31 and August 1. Cleveland is being represented by two brothers, Eli and Ari Gunzburg (if you are a biker, please think about helping to increase that number next year – contact Ari Gunzburg for more information).
Eli is living in Beachwood for over a decade, and Ari has recently relocated to University Heights. They did the ride together last year, and are excited for the opportunity to help the children again.
Together Cleveland can stand behind our representatives in this noble cause. To donate to the campaign of either rider from Cleveland, please use the following links:
You can learn more on the Bike4Chai website at www.Bike4Chai.com.