MCC East Coast Bike Ride
BikePA2015: Health for Nigeria
September 19 - 23, 2015
Camp Hebron
Halifax, Pa

Sponsored by the TriState Relief Sale McHenry, MD

Join 40 - 50 riders for a three-day bicycle road tour through the beautiful forest and farmland of central Pennsylvania. Along with enjoying the ride with great company, you'll be supporting MCC's health work in Nigeria.

Riders get ready to head back out after a lunch break in Seneca Lake State Park on the 2013 MCC East Coast Finger Lakes ride.

Each ride will start and finish at Camp Hebron. Overnight accommodations will be in shelters (rustic cabins), each sleeping 8 to 12 persons. The bathhouse (restrooms/showers) and large pavilion for storing and working on bikes, and an outdoor chapel/camp fire are conveniently nearby. Meals are included in the registration. Morning and evening meals and will be served in Camp Hebron's dining facility. Lunches on the ride.

The terrain for this ride is rolling to hilly, through the deep forest of state game lands, small towns, and farmland. Riders will explore the back roads of the Powells and Armstrong Valley and venture beyond, catching a glimpse of the mighty Susquehanna River along the route. Climbs on the routes are most often short and steep, though there will be an occasional 1-2 mile steady uphill. Participants should be in good physical condition and mountain gearing is recommended. Average daily rides will be 50 to 60 miles, with shorter and longer options.

Arrive in the evening of Sept. 19. Ride Sept. 20-22. Depart in the morning of Sept. 23.

Health for Nigeria

Dr. Christian Isichei gives advice to expectant parents at Faith Alive Hospital, Jos, Nigeria (MCC photo/Dave Klassen)

The bike ride is raising funds for Faith Alive Clinic in Jos, Nigeria. For more than a decade, MCC has partnered with Faith Alive Foundation to provide a comprehensive HIV and AIDS program that includes testing, prenatal care, delivery and counseling. Faith Alive staff also lead trainings in churches and communities about the importance of prenatal care and preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

MCC also funds scholarships for orphans and supports programs that help people living with HIV develop additional skills to support themselves and their families.

"Someone helped me and took care of me; I will do the same to many!" declares Mrs. T. Talatu.

Facing the news she tested positive for HIV, Talatu didn't see a way forward knowing she was pregnant and rejected by her family. At the suggestion of neighbors, she turned to Faith Alive Clinic for help and support. She got it. They provided her counselling, medication, a mentor and classes in knitting. Months later her baby girl was born and tested negative for the disease. Now a knitting business owner, she provides for her family, educates others about HIV stigma and discrimination and mentors other women. She is passing on the love she received at Faith Alive Clinic.

Registration Information
Registration fee - $275 U.S.
Covers 4 nights lodging, meals from Sunday breakfast through Wednesday breakfast, snacks, a complimentary water bottle, first aid, sag and mechanical support.
Participants are responsible for transportation to and from Camp Hebron, Halifax, Pa.

The registration fee is not tax deductible.

Registration deadline - August 1, 2015
Balance of fee due - September 1, 2015

Register online and pay non-refundable $50 deposit


Mail registration form with a non-refundable $50 deposit to:

Marie Western
5355 Waters Terrace
Lowville, NY 13367

Make checks out to TriState Relief Sale

For further information or questions contact:
Marie Western