Most weekend trips to the Florida Keys do not involve a grueling 200 mile bike ride, but for Anthony Frison, Jack O’Shea, Yann Parrot and Zack Marcoux, the challenge sounds like a perfect weekend getaway! On April 23 the cycling enthusiasts will depart Key Largo, Fla. and arrive in Key West, Fla. That’s only half of the trip, as the friends will turnaround at mile 0 and make the return trip to Key Largo on April 24. Along the way, the cyclists will raise money for Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. Their goal is $10,000 for the 10,000 children that the Clubs serve every year.
“Our team will be coming together for a weekend of cycling, suffering, intense laughter, and deepened relationships,” said Jack O’Shea. “We will be riding 200 miles from Key Largo to Key West, and back, in support of those in our community who need it the most.”
This is the second year that the cycling team has challenged themselves physically for a charity. The team jointly decided to support Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County this year due to the increased efforts to feed needy families during the pandemic.
“With 95% of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ families living at or near the federal poverty level, food insecurity is a serious problem. The pandemic has only made this tragic issue worse,” said O’Shea.
Last year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County supplied 1.2 million meals to needy children. The Clubs transformed into one of the largest free food distributors in South Florida during the height of the pandemic. Still today, the need is great and hunger programs at the Clubs are desperately needed by the community.
“We are grateful for members of the community who do whatever it takes to make sure that our Club children have the food that they need during this challenging period. Without this help, many children would go to bed hungry,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County Marketing & PR Director Eric Roby. “Finding the funds for these hunger programs is a challenge, but with the help of supporters like Jack and his friends, I’m positive we will be able to provide the nutritious meals needed throughout the year. I wish Anthony, Jack, Yann, and Zack the best of luck riding the 200 miles on the Overseas Highway!”
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