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RIDE TO CLYDE

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 8th - SATURDAY, MAY 11th, 2024

In partnership with North Carolina Baptists, the three-day motorcycle ride raises funds, creates awareness and, most of all, shares the love of Jesus with Baptist Children's Homes' (BCH) boys and girls.

SEE WHAT THE RIDE IS ALL ABOUT...

Read more about last year's ride here.

GET YOUR KNEES IN THE BREEZE

Are you ready to get your knees in the breeze and bless those in care of Baptist Children’s Homes?  Then you need to register for the 9th Annual Ride to Clyde, which will take place Wednesday, May 8th through Saturday May 11th, 2024. 

Last year, riders raised a record $180,000! Because of their exceptional efforts, the lives of children, families and special needs adults in BCH’s care were forever changed. As we prepare for the 2024 ride, each participant is encouraged to raise a minimum of $150. The online fundraising portal, where people can sponsor participating riders and help them complete or exceed their fundraising goals, can be found here

Ride to Clyde is possible through a partnership with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. #OnMissionTogether

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Our 2024 GoAL: $150,000
Total Raised in 2024:

$234,000

Choose 'Ride to Clyde" from the Gift Designation menu to make a difference.

FRIENDS REUNITE, UNDERTAKE 48HR NATIONWIDE RIDE

God has used Ride to Clyde to change the of lives children, special needs adults and families for the past nine years. He has created community between fellow bikers as well as rekindle a relationship between riders Rit Varriale and Ed Schemper. The two, who served in the military together, had not seen one another in 20 years until they unexpectedly reunited during Ride to Clyde. Now, that reconnection has let them to undertake a challenging motorcycle ride. On June 17, the two friends will ride from the east coast to the west coast in just 48 hours. They pray their effort will bring glory to God, additional attention to Baptist Children's Homes (BCH), and additional funds for BCH as Ride to Clyde enters its 10th anniversary year.

Follow their progress through the links below starting on June 17.  You can make a gift in honor of their efforts -- choose "Ride to Clyde" from the gift designation menu.

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

Ride to Clyde provides motorcyclists the opportunity to engage with children, teens, and adults with intellectual/developmental needs that receive care and compassion through the ministry of the Baptist Children’s Homes (BCH). Riders enjoy a three-day trip across North Carolina stopping to visit various facilities where BCH is engaged in ministry. Depending upon the route chosen, riders typically travel over 450 miles across the state.

HOW DO I RAISE FUNDS?

Prior to the ride, participants raise funds for Baptist Children’s Homes. Some riders encourage sponsors to provide a donation based on the miles they ride while others simply ask for donations of various amounts. All proceeds from the Ride to Clyde go to provide care and compassion for individuals served by Baptist Children’s Homes. Donations may be made securely online in advance of the Ride to Clyde by visiting the giving page.

WHAT ARE THE ROUTES?

The 9th Annual Ride to Clyde will offer a choice of two different routes. Riders can choose to ride towards BCH's Broyhill Home location in Clyde beginning in the East or beginning further West.

Those riding from East towards Clyde will begin their journey at NC Baptist Assembly at Fort Caswell located on Oak Island. From there, they will travel West with stops at either Cameron Boys Camp or Camp Duncan for Girls on Thursday. On Friday, riders will visit Mills Home in Thomasville and then travel to the Lake Junaluska Conference Center to meet up with the group riding in from the West. The combined groups will ride into Broyhill Home together on Saturday morning.

Those riding from the West towards Clyde will begin their journey at Truett Camp and Conference Center located in Hayesville, NC. From there, they will travel East with stops at Moody Home in Franklin on Thursday. On Friday, riders will have the flexibility to visit a variety of different homes and facilities, including, but not limited to:  Alverta Bolick Home in Asheville, Care House in Lenoir, facilities in Zionville or others, depending upon the routes the groups chose that day. Friday ends with these groups joining those travelling from the East, at Lake Junaluska Conference Center. The combined groups will ride into Broyhill Home together on Saturday morning.

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