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Smith's "Bike for Hope" exceeds $100,000 goal

Lewis Smith has met and exceeded his goal for “Bike for Hope.” His plan was to raise $100,000 to help meet the needs of Baptist Children’s Homes’ (BCH) boys and girls but supporters responded to his bicycling efforts by giving more than $105,000.00.

“God is good and our donors are faithful!” Smith proclaimed. He serves as BCH Director of Development in Western North Carolina. “I want to thank every person across the state for not only giving but praying for a safe event. It’s been an honor for me to ride these


In all, Smith pedaled 600 miles. “Bike for Hope” took place throughout the month of September riding the mileage in a series

of 12, 50-mile stages. He chose that distance because it is the equivalent of riding the length of the state of North Carolina. The distance Lewis biked is a reminder of the hurting boys and girls BCH is ready to serve no matter where they are in the state.

In order to bike safely, Smith rode on a perimeter road at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord. The venue, known for hosting NASCAR racing events, donated the use of the road for “Bike for Hope.”

“Part of the blessing for me was not only meeting the goal but

spending time with so many people as I shared about ‘Bike for Hope,’” explains Smith.

This is not the first time Smith has used his passion for bicycling to raise funds for BCH. In 2008, he took part in “Ride the West” pedaling approximately 500 miles and exceeding the goal of $50,000.

Written by Blake Ragsdale, Director of Communications

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