Ride for turkeys

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Nov. 16, 2019 at 6:43 PM CST
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24 cyclists participated in this year's "Ride for Turkeys" event.

The cyclists pay $10 to $20 to participate depending on which route they decide to take.

Dothan Area Cyclists Treasurer, Kingsley Paquette says “they ride various routes. We have a 12 mile route, 45 mile route, and then a metric which is 64 miles."

Ride for turkeys not only promotes philanthropy but also a positive lifestyle.

“It’s great to get people as a group together doing the activity. Makes it less boring, makes it much safer when you’re in a group riding. Everything about it is healthy" Paquette said.

The Joy FM decided to combine their t-shirts for turkey event with DAC to help raise money.

“Their entrance fee to the ride is actually the equivalent of two turkeys that will go to these different agencies" said Russell Brooks, co-host of "Russ and Nancy."

He wants to help those that are helping others.

“It seems like it gets harder for those agencies in it of themselves to do that, so they all depend on community support" Brooks said.

DAC President, Joe Varner says his organization jumps at the opportunity to help others while cycling.

“Not only are we enjoying something but we’re also benefiting others who we may not ever meet who may not ever know about what we do."

Varner continued "but at the same time we’re helping them. It’s sort of a win-win situation when you’re doing something that you love but you’re also doing something that helps others at the same time."

This year’s “Ride for Turkeys” event collected more than 60 turkeys that will be donated to the Salvation Army.

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