Monday, July 30, 2018 (All day) to Friday, August 3, 2018 (All day)

Bike ride registration date:  Saturday, February 3, beginning at 9 AM PST

Dates: Gather on Sunday, July 29, in the evening, no meal provided.  Ride Monday through Friday, July 30 - August 3.  Last meal provided lunch on Friday, August 3.

Location: Kellogg, Idaho.  Tent camping available and morning and evening meals provided at Kellogg Middle School.  Hotel rooms available nearby at GuestHouse Inn or Silver Mountain Resort (you pay)

How this works: Online registration will be available on this webpage February 3.   

To register, you will need to make a $50 donation to MCC. This is non refundable.  This donation goes to MCC and will not be used for the expenses of the trip, therefore the additional cost will be paid later. 

Click here to register 

Cost:  $465 total.  $50 donation on the MCC website at time of registration. Remaining $415 due to IMWRF (Idaho Mennonite World Relief Festival) due by June 1, 2018. Youth rate:  First ten registered under age 25, cost is $230.

Any money not used for costs of bike ride will be given to MCC for project listed below. Bike riders will be encouraged to contribute and raise additional money to support the project.

Route: Most of it will be on paved rails to trails protected bike paths with short distances on highways

Day 1 - Monday, Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes east from Kellogg to Mullen. 46 miles total

Day 2 - Tuesday, Spokane River Centennial Trail, from Post Falls to Spokane downtown Riverfront Park. 50 miles total   

Day 3 - Wednesday, Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes west from Kellogg to Harrison. 72 miles total with optional century day, 100 miles.

Day 4 - Thursday, Route of the Hiawatha.  Crown Jewel of all Rails to Trail in the US with gorgeous scenery. 9 tunnels, Packed gravel road surface. 30 miles total

Day 5 - Friday, Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes from Harrison to Plummer. 35 miles total

Routes subject to change, other roads and loops will be suggested that are on roads and not SAG supported.

Project Information: Empowering Women

Project: Tailoring and design project, Juba, South Sudan
Budget: $36,000 per year
Partner: Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP)
Who is impacted? MCC partner Women’s Empowerment Program (WEP) conducts a nine month tailoring and sewing course which includes small business and microfinance workshops as well as lessons on nutrition and non-violent peacebuilding. Since beginning a partnership with MCC in 2009, 235 women have graduated from the program.
In July 2016, Juba, South Sudan was affected by intense fighting between the opposition and government forces. This crisis affected attendance and caused trauma among the participants. Out of the 50 participants who started the program in April 2016, five left to seek refuge as they feared an escalation of fighting, and they have not returned. Some participants have relatives that were killed during this period of violence. The training program currently has a mix of participants across different tribal groups. They continue to learn from each other, bond and relate freely due to the nature of the training and non-partisanship of the training center. The remaining 45 participants fully attended the training sessions and graduated in December 2016.
Cost breakdowns:
$300 (CA)   $250 (US) provides one sewing machine to a new trainee
$250 (CA)   $200(US) provides needed fabrics for one participant’s training
$125 (CA)   $100 (US) provides needed sewing supplies for one participant’s training

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