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Bike Parade

On Tuesday, September 18th, St. Vincent de Paul Center hosted a parade in honor of the launch of A Ride Somewhere Out of the Country. We recently shared with you the story of Bill and Jeff Kunkel, a father-son duo heading off on a cross-country bike ride. The pair started their journey in San Diego, dipping their back tires into the Pacific Ocean. Over the next two months, the pair will travel from California to Florida, then upward to Hilton Head, South Carolina, dipping their front tires into the Atlantic Ocean. So far the pair have raised over $30,000 for Marillac and St. Vincent's.

Children from the Early Childhood Development and School-Age programs at St. Vincent's walked and rode around Oz Park as a show of support and celebration for Bill and Jeff. We included pictures above.

We invite to check back early and often to find updates about their extraordinary adventure and their fundraising efforts. We will have regular updates from Jeff and Bill, as well as stories about the classroom projects tied to A Ride Somewhere Out of the Country. Jeff and Bill will be posting to Facebook and Twitter, as well as answering questions and responding to comments left on the blog. We encourage you to not only follow their journey, but also send positive thoughts and prayers their way as they undertake this adventure.

If you would to read the blog entry from their first week, please click here.


To read about their visit with children at St. Vincent's last week, please click here.


If you would like to make a donation, please click here.

  •           Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
              Mailing Address: P.O. Box 14699 Chicago, IL 60614
  •           Marillac Social Center               773.722.7440           212 S. Francisco Ave. Chicago, IL 60612   
              St. Vincent de Paul Center        312.943.6776           2145 N. Halsted St. Chicago, IL 60614   
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