Tour de Kids fundraiser at Lake Mayer for Savannah Homeless Children

Fund raiser for Interfaith Hospitality Network of Coastal Georgia. A kids bike tour around Lake Mayer to raise money for homeless children in Savannah. All children in grades preK-8th are invited to participate. $10 registration includes an event T-shirt, water bottle and access to carnival-style activities in the park. All participants must wear helmets.

Prize levels for individuals and teams. The team that raises the most money will receive a team Pizza Party and all team members will receive a fun goodie bag.

Registration form due March 30, 2011. To register or for more info, call 912.790.9446 or email

This fundraiser will enable Interfaith Hospitality Network of Coastal Georgia to continue sheltering and finding housing for homeless families and children. In the 13 years since IHN accepted its first guests, the organization has helped nearly 800 homeless families find shelter at host churches through its program. According to the U.S. Conference of Mayors Hunger and Homelessness Survey, family homelessness increased by 9 percent in 2010 and accounts for 36 percent of the homeless population. Georgia ranks fifth among the 50 states in family homelessness.

There is a glimmer of good news. After an average of 40 days, 73 percent of the homeless families that IHN sheltered were able to find permanent housing. IHN provided more than 2,360 nights of shelter and more than 4,720 meals to homeless families in 2010.

The generous support of individuals, organizations, and foundations is urgently needed. About $26.00 can feed and house one child for a day. IHN is an independent non-profit organization that works through the faith community to alleviate homelessness among families with children by providing shelter, meals and intensive support.

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