MANCHESTER – While many Connecticut residents will be enjoying their morning coffee and starting their day on June 26, 18 men and women will be stretching out and gearing up for the 14th annual Brake the Cycle of Poverty bicycle ride across Connecticut.
Thirteen cyclists and five support staff will begin their trip of six days and approximately 200 miles at 6:30 a.m. from St. Bridget Parish at 80 Main St. Their journey will also end at St. Bridget, at 3 p.m. June 30.
In between, the group will talk with faith-based groups and conduct presentations on anti-poverty advocacy issues; engage political representatives at the local, state, and federal levels, challenging them to work to eliminate the root causes of poverty; listen to and learn from people living in poverty in Connecticut; and provide a voice for those people.
Brake the Cycle was formed under the leadership of the U.S. Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development. In Connecticut, it is under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Hartford’s Office of Catholic Social Justice Ministry.
The yearly ride, which began locally in Manchester in 2003, was created by members of St. Bridget Parish. The initial St. Bridget team cycled to Washington, D.C., and attended an antipoverty rally and press conference.
In 2004, the theme “This Time Connecticut” was adopted when the team returned from Washington and recognized the need to take proactive action within the state of Connecticut as poverty impacts such a significant number of people.
The team’s mission is to learn about poverty in Connecticut, to meet the people who are struggling to get out of poverty in Connecticut and to find solutions to poverty in Connecticut.
The BTC team will introduce ways that people can PEDAL (participate, educate, dedicate, advocate and love) with them.
For additional information and updates on the trip and the Brake the Cycle Team and mission, visit the website at www.brakethecycleofpoverty.org.