The 24th annual bike ride “Cycle for Sight” will be held this Saturday, July 13, starting and ending in Pelham Manor at the parking lot of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church at the corner of Boston Post Road and Fowler Avenue. Registration for the ride begins at 8:15am, and the ride starts at 9:15am. After the ride, there will be a post-ride picnic for riders and their families.

Last July, just under100 riders participated in Cycle for Sight.

The ride is a fundraiser for the not-for-profit charity Volunteer Health Program, which was established more than 20 years ago by then Pelham residents Dr. Robert and Darlene DellaRocca to provide free eye care missions by United States doctors, nurses and staff to rural areas of Latin America. In March of this year, VHP sponsored a rural medical mission to the Dominican Republic of more than 100 physicians, nurses and health care workers who volunteered their time and efforts. They saw nearly 1,500 patients needing eye and dermatology care, and performed eye and eye-related surgery on over 400 people.

To pre-register for the ride, or for further information, contact Mrs. DellaRocca at (914) 912-1767.

This year’s “Cycle for Sight” route begins with a Pelham Manor police escort through the village and follows the Pelham Bay Park bike path to the Country Club section of the Bronx. The route is well-marked and much of it is on separate bike paths or residential streets in the Throgg’s Neck area. At mid-point, the ride enters the campus of SUNY Maritime College for a rest stop and refreshments at historic Fort Schuyler. On the return trip, the route makes a brief tour of historic City Island in Eastchester Bay.

The suggested donation for individual riders is $200, and $300 for families. Riders are encouraged to raise their donations from friends and associates who support and encourage the cyclists’ completion of the ride. A newly designed 2019 “Cycle for Sight” T-shirt will be handed out to all participants.

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