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Sat, June 11, 2016

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AREA AMBULANCE, FIRST AID AND EMERGENCY SQUADS SHARE $18,000 DONATION FROM BICYCLE TOUR

MORRIS AREA, NJ—Volunteers from 18 area ambulance, first aid and emergency squads will share a $18,000 donation raised during the third annual Revolutionary Ramble Bicycle Tour organized by the Morris Area Freewheelers Foundation.

Squad representatives will each receive a $1,000 check at a celebration next month at the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps building. The checks will be presented by Ramble Ride Director Carl King and some of the over 100 volunteers from the Morris Area Freewheelers Bicycle Club, the ride’s primary source of volunteers.

Bob Landrigan, President of the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps will welcome the group. Speakers will include Dr. Louis Difazio, Head of Trauma Surgery Morristown Medical Center and Steven C. Alderson, Director, Business Development, Morristown Medical Center. Atlantic Health is the presenting sponsor for the Ramble.

More than 850 bicyclists registered for the Ramble in June to ride one of five different routes which were designed to highlight the area’s Colonial-era history. The goals were to provide an enjoyable way to learn about both bicycle safety and fitness through cycling, and to raise money for the local squads while increasing public awareness about their need for additional volunteers.

“Squad volunteers offer an invaluable service to us, and to our community, with care and compassion,” said Jim Hunt, Morris Area Freewheelers Foundation Chair.

In just three years, the Ramble has become one of New Jersey’s premier bicycle tours and the only ride raising funds for EMS squads.

Squads chosen for donations serve areas that make Northern New Jersey a great place to live and bicycle. They include: Allamuchy-Green First Aid Squad, Amwell Valley-Ringoes Rescue Squad, Basking Ridge First Aid Squad, Branchburg Rescue Squad, Chatham Emergency Squad, East, Millstone First Aid Squad, Far Hills - Bedminster First Aid Squad, Jefferson Twp. Rescue Squad, Liberty Corner First Aid squad, Long Valley First Aid Squad, Long Hill First Aid Squad, Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Mendham Borough First Aid Squad, Mendham Twp. First Aid Squad, Morris Minute Men, New Vernon Volunteer First Aid Squad, Peapack-Gladstone First Aid and Rescue Squad, Tewksbury First Aid and Rescue Squad.

“We hope the Club contribution will also lead to greater recognition of EMS services and the need for volunteers,” said Freewheelers Club President Jay Marowitz.

The Ramble started and finished on the campus of Drew University, Madison, NJ. Riders chose one of five scenic routes with “historic surprises”: a 12-mile, three-campus tour; a 25- or 35-mile tour through New Vernon and the Great Swamp; and 45- and 65-mile tours through Jockey Hollow to Far Hills and Oldwick.

“All of us appreciated the response from the riders, the support of our sponsors and the incredible work of the more than 100 Club volunteers who made these donations possible,” King said.

The Morris Area Freewheelers Foundation (MAFF) is an all-volunteer group working to educate cyclists and motorists alike about their responsibilities through event rides, bike clinics, cooperative projects with local police departments and emergency squads, and other educational programs. MAFF is the charitable foundation extension of the Morris Area Freewheelers Bicycle Club, one of NJ’s largest. The Ramble’s title sponsor was Atlantic Health. Other sponsors included Cycle Craft, PowerBar, High Gear Cyclery, Marty’s Reliable Cycle, Planet Fitness, REI and Bikeland II. The Ramble received additional support from Bayer Consumer Care, RoadID, Anthony & Sons Bakery and a long list of donors.