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Derry Spinathon raises $7,000 for hunger relief
The riders pedaled the stationary bikes as pop music blared from the sound system inside the club on Manchester Road. Certified spin instructor Sean Mullen raised his arms as he encouraged the riders to press on toward the end of the two-hour ride.
The East Derry resident was moved to action after he learned that food pantries are facing depleted stocks and bare shelves as the holiday season approaches.
“We are riding to alleviate hunger,” Bourdon said last month.
Bourdon said he worked with Judy Jurentkuff, director of the First Baptist Church Community Food Pantry, and Cynthia Dwyer, executive director of the Sonshine Soup Kitchen, to develop the idea for the spinathon.
“If you notice, the fliers say ‘first annual,’” Dwyer said. “So, I’m expecting you’ll see us here next year with Josh at the helm.”
Standing next to Dwyer was Linda German, chairman of the board of the Sonshine Soup Kitchen. German said the organization is grateful for the spinathon and the way community members stepped forward to help.
By around noon, they had shattered that goal.
All of the money and proceeds will go to benefit the Sonshine Soup Kitchen and the First Baptist Church Community Food Pantry, Bourdon said.
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