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The idea came to California native Zalmy Perlman, an American Rabbinical student who got friends Dani Saul and Shmuel Rothstein to sign on for the trek from New Jersey to California. With the support of Friendship Circle International, Bike 4 Friendship became a reality.
The cyclists made it to Greer on Monday, where Saul accepted a proclamation from Mayor Rick Danner recognizing their charitable work.
All money raised by the team supports Friendship Circle’s mission of bringing friendship and inclusion into the lives of children with special needs while also providing respite and support to their families and siblings.
Friendship Circle’s unique method pairs local teen volunteers with a child who has special needs. Together, the pair participates in weekly programs such as sports night, dance class, bowling and more. These friendships create a sense of confidence and community inclusion in the life of the child. In turn, the teen volunteers gain leadership skills, hands on education about special needs and a true sense of social responsibility through the act of selfless giving.
The cyclists' route will take them to 20 Friendship Circle chapters where they will meet children with special needs
To learn more about the trip, follow the team's progress, or make a donation to the cause visit http://friendshipcircle.com/bike4friendship.asp