Wheels of Love

The first Alyn riders arrive at the finish

The first Alyn riders arrive at the finish

In October my husband will join hundreds of biking aficionados as they dedicate five days of intense biking to a very special children’s hospital. Following is the letter he wrote to solicit sponsors for this special event. Please read and consider making a generous donation on his behalf.

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Dear Friends,
Once again, I will be participating in the Alyn Children’s Hospital annual Wheels of Love Charity Ride due to take place during the last week of October.

The Alyn Hospital is Israel’s Premiere Pediatric and Adolescent Hospital. The Hospital is one of the world’s leading specialists in the active and intensive rehabilitation of children, regardless of religion or ethnic origin suffering from a broad range of physical disabilities, allowing them to gain maximum independence. Many of these children are victims of terrorist attacks. This annual ride is the major fundraiser for the year for the support of the Alyn Hospital.

This will be my third year participating in the Alyn charity bike ride and I am excited that this year, in addition to the Neve Daniel Team that I regularly ride with, my mother will be joining the ride as a volunteer. The entire event is truly an unforgettable experience, and for any of you who can spare the time (and energy) I strongly recommend to consider participation as well, either as a rider or volunteer. The opportunity to meet directly with both the handicapped children and some of the staff who treat them gives you some perspective on life, health and their meaning.

The ride itself takes place over 5 days and covers 290+ kilometers on the off-road Enduro route I will be riding. We will start in Mitzpe Ramon on October 24th and ride through the Negev Desert for 4 days. On the final day we will ride through the Judean Plains and up through the Jerusalem mountains to the Alyn Hospital, where the children, their parents, the Alyn staff, our friends and family will be waiting to give us an emotional welcome.

An Alyn child getting used to his new prosthesis

The purpose of this ride is purely to raise money for this private non-profit hospital enabling them to continue their vital work in the rehabilitation of physically challenged children. I would like to request your assistance in sponsoring me for this ride. Each rider is responsible for raising a minimum of $2,000 and I would greatly appreciate any sum you are willing to donate. In addition to taking off a week of work, I personally pay all the actual costs of participation, so every dollar of your tax deductible donation will go directly to help the boys and girls of the Alyn Children’s Hospital.

Even a small donation of $5 or $10 from each of you will help me reach my goal. To sponsor me online in US dollars or Israeli shekels please click on the link below.

Please feel free to contact me at US # (845) 738-2373 or IL # 054-795-4194 if you need clarification or have any questions.

The children of the hospital and I thank you in advance for your generosity and wish you and your family a happy and healthy New Year.

With sincerest gratitude,

Lawrence Ben-David

About the Author

Laura Ben-David is the author of numerous articles and the book, MOVING UP: An Aliyah Journal, a memoir of her move to Israel. She has done public speaking about Israel and Aliyah all over the United States and Israel. Contact her at laura@aliyahbook.com or follow her tweets at http://www.twitter.com/laurabendavd