The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

April 18, 2013

Esther House promotes No More Abuse Bike Tour

Bloomberg News

Thursday, April 18, 2013 — Cyclists have an opportunity to bike for a local non-profit April 27.

Esther House, a home that offers housing assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, is having its No More Abuse Bike Tour beginning at City Lake Park in Albemarle.

The race offers three courses for different ability levels of 25, 40 and 50 miles.

The race is conducted in April to help recognize the month as sexual assault awareness month.

Esther House Board of Directors member Michelle Carver said the bicycle race was chosen to offer a different activity than what other fundraisers have done in the past.  

“There’s so many barbecue and foot races here. Someone said, ‘There’s not many bicycle tours,’ ” Carver said.

“So that’s a little different than what everyone else typically does.”

Everyone will begin their race from City Lake Park. Carver said the three different mile races were offered so that cyclists of all levels could participate.

The longest tour of 50 miles will bike to Millingport Road, through the northern end of the county, near the Stanly County Airport, back through downtown Albemarle before ending back at City Lake Park.

The registration fee for the race is $30, which allows Esther House to continue providing its day-to-day services for the community.

“When a mom and children or just a single lady come to the home, a lot of times they come with nothing,” Carver said.

“While they’re staying at the house, they get food and medication and even clothing for their baby, if needed, formula and diapers. Whatever their need may be at that time.”

Esther House began in Albemarle more than a year and a half ago as a partner with Homes of Hope.

Recently, it has become its own entity.

“We’re still new to the community. People don’t realize there is that need here and there’s people there to help.”

For more information on the No More Abuse Bike Tour, contact Carver at (704) 984-0205.