Cyclists are participating in 24 hour fundraiser for Tippecanoe County CASA

Hundreds of riders from all over the country showed up to support the cause and test their endurance.

Posted: Aug 18, 2018 5:30 PM
Updated: Aug 23, 2018 3:41 PM

Lafayette, IND. (WLFI) - The Subaru CASA Cycling Challenge is putting local cyclists to the test for a good cause.

Hundreds of bikers are testing their endurance while supporting the cause as they ride their bike for 24 hours. The clock officially started at 10:04 on Saturday and will conclude at the exact same time on Sunday.

Hundreds of riders from all over the country showed up to support the cause and test their endurance.

CASAs for Kids Fund Founder Patti O’Callaghan said the event just keeps growing.

“We started in 2007 with 5 teams and 6 solo riders and now this is something else,” she said.

CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. These are volunteers who help abused and neglected children.

Children that we have right here in Tippecanoe County.

“Unfortunately there is a problem here in Tippecanoe County,” said CASA Director Coleen Connor. “With the epidemic of opioids and domestic violence and mental health issues and so forth within our communities, children are the ones who are the silent victims and they are the ones that suffer the most.”

Every participant and volunteer at the cycling challenge received a pinwheel to represent one child who is in need.

Conner said they serve over 500 children in our community. But she also said they have 85 children on a waitlist to be assigned to a volunteer.

More than $120,000 had been raised at the beginning of the event this morning, but they are in need of something equally as critical as the money.

Conner said they want to spread the word that they are in need of more volunteers who are willing to give up just 10 hours a month to essentially save a child in need.

Click here to make a donation to the CASA Cycling challenge. Email Coleen Connor at cconnor@tippecanoe.in.gov if you are interested in becoming a volunteer.

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