Tour de St. John’s raises money for charity

Strong winds did not stop the participants of a 25-mile bike ride around Queens for charity Saturday.

Students, parents and faculty participated in the four hour bike ride, dubbed Tour de St. John’s, raising more than $2,500 for Bread and Life, a St. John’s organization aimed to feed the poor.

Riders collected donations for Bread and Life through the Web site A $15 registration fee was required to ride. E-mails were sent to every student about the details of the tour.

The event was also put up on St. John’s Web Digest.

The event was organized by Charisse Willis, associate dean of the School of Education, Karl Rutter, director of recruitment for Global Studies and Joseph Sciortino, assistant to the director of America Reads.

The bike ride circled around the local Queens area, including Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows, Alley Pond Park in Bayside and Fort Totten in Bayside.

Willis thanked the various departments responsible for organizing the event.

“There are so many people to thank for making this possible,” she said. “Public Safety, the Office of Global Studies and everyone who’s helped raise money for Bread and Life.”