The following was submitted by the First Aid Squads from Chester, The Mendhams and Long Valley.
On Aug. 8, the First Aid Squads from Chester, The Mendhams and Long Valley, among others, each received a $1,000 donation from funds raised during the fifth annual Revolutionary Ramble Bicycle Tour organized by the Morris Area Freewheelers Foundation. Presentations were made at a ceremony recognizing the contributions of 22 local all-volunteer First Aid Squads.
“The First Aid Squads offer a critical service to the community, with care, compassion and an unmatched esprit de corps. We were honored to be able to recognize their 24/7, 365 days a year community service,” said Jay Marowitz, Morris Area Freewheelers Foundation Chair.
Local squad representatives received a $1,000 check from the Foundation at a celebration held at the Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps building.
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. The Foundation donated $22,000 this year to 22 volunteer-led squads.
Atlantic Health System was the presenting sponsor for the Revolutionary Ramble. Speaking at the awards celebration was Paul Sepanski, Chief Flight Nurse , Atlantic Air Medical Unit. John Dorn, President, Madison Volunteer Ambulance Corps, spoke on behalf of the host squad and the other squad attendees.
Over 1000 bicyclists registered for the Ramble in June to ride one of six different routes, from a 12-mile family ride to 100 miles, that were designed to highlight the area’s Colonial-era history. Over 200 volunteers helped keep the riders safe and well-nourished while they enjoyed the tour. The Ramble helps the Foundation educate cyclists about bicycle safety and fitness while raising money for the local squads.
The Ramble was also given major assistance by B&G Foods, Wigder Chevrolet, Planet Fitness, Bikeland II, Cycle Craft, High Gear Cyclery, Marty’s Reliable Cycle, PowerBar, and Vermont Bicycle Tours. The Revolutionary Ramble received additional support from Anthony & Sons Bakery, Smythe Volvo, Francis M. Smith, Esq., Greg’s Fitness, Road ID, the NY Jets, and BJ’s Wholesale Club. Madison’s Whole Foods, and Stop & Shop contributed to the donation celebration.
The Morris Area Freewheelers Foundation (MAFF) organizes events and programs that teach the benefits of safe bicycling as a form of fitness, fun and everyday transportation.