Local charities get help from two traveling bicycle groups

One builds a house, another helps dogs rescued from puppy mills

Two Bicycle Groups Help Local Charities

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - People in southern Colorado who get an affordable home or a rescue pet may have two bicycle groups to thank.

On Sunday, the California-based group, One Pulse, came to the National Mill Dog Rescue in Peyton.  Six cyclists left Los Angeles June 12 and are riding across the country.

The cyclists are accompanied by several people in a support vehicle.  The group is in its second year of raising money and collecting donations for several charities.  This year, the group chose the rescue as a beneficiary.

"We'd like to raise about $28,000 for them," said the group's founder, Eric McQuesten.  "I've learned a lot more about what they do.  It's more than I thought."

Rescue founder Theresa Strader is grateful.

"We spend about $1,200 on each dog, from arrival to adoption," she said.  "Twenty-eight thousand dollars is care for an awful lot of dogs.  And the (cyclists) are going across the country, educating people and telling them about our mission."

The cyclists planned to welcome the arrival of new dogs from a puppy mill, name them and help find homes for them.  McQuesten said social media is an important part of raising money.

The group will spend the night at the rescue and continue towards New York where the trip ends Aug. 12.

"Some of us quit our jobs, some are on leave," he said.  "We all love to bike."

Meanwhile, farther south in Fountain, 30 college-age members of Bike to Build began building a house for Habitat for Humanity.

The group left South Carolina on a three-month journey that ends in California and includes several stops to build Habitat for Humanity homes.

"We usually stay in churches and community centers along the way," said group member Abraham Murrell.  "They provide meals and that allows us to give back more of our money to the affordable housing cause."

Amanda Williams and her family will benefit from the group's work.  She and her four children will move into the home on Bunting Avenue when it's finished.

"This is so important to me and my family," Williams said.  "Without this, I'd still be living with my mother."

Murrell said the group rides 75 miles daily when on its route, and works four hours a day at Habitat sites.

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