Diocese of Rockville Centre

“Laps for Learning” Event Set for October 21 at Cedar Creek Park in Seaford

Rockville Centre, New York, October 17, 2006 – The Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation and the Education Department of the Diocese of Rockville Centre will hold the first annual “Laps for Learning” Bike-A-Thon fundraiser on Saturday, October 21, 2006 at Cedar Creek County Park in Seaford from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

The event, which will include all 58 elementary schools in the Diocese, will look to raise $100,000 to support Diocesan-wide curriculum enhancement in the schools. Students will have three options for the day: a 1-mile walk for all grades; a 2-mile bike ride for grades 3 through 6; and a 4-mile bike ride for grades 6 though 8.

There is a $10 participation fee for each participant, which includes a free t-shirt and lunch during the event. Late registration is allowed on the day of the event but will be $20 per participant.

Keyspan Energy Corporation, IDP Consulting, Sullivan Builders Group, the Knights of Columbus, and others are helping to sponsor the event.

The Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation was created by the Most Reverend William Murphy, Bishop of Rockville Centre, and was incorporated in September 2005 as a not-for-profit public charity. The mission of the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation is to ensure the excellence as well as the continuance of Catholic schools on Long Island by increasing awareness and providing scholarships and program funding for the needs of students and schools.

For more information about “Laps for Learning” please contact the Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation at (516) 745-6644 x132/133 or go to www.TomorrowsHopeFoundation.org/events_other.asp

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About The Diocese of Rockville Centre
The Diocese of Rockville Centre was formed in 1957 and covers 1,222 square miles in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The diocese serves approximately 1.4 million Catholics (total population in both counties is approximately 3.3 million). There are 134 parishes in 115 towns. Last year over 20,000 baptisms, 18,000 confirmations, 20,000 first communions and 5,000 marriages took place in the diocese. There are 2,137 students in Catholic kindergarten, 23,825 in primary or elementary school, 12,628 in secondary school and 3,300 in higher institutions. There are 76 Catholic elementary and high schools and one Catholic college in the diocese. Catholic Health Services of Long Island consists of five hospitals, three nursing homes, two home-care agencies, two senior housing complexes, a community-based home for those with special needs and a hospice. Last year, Catholic Charities assisted more than 80,000 individuals who are poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged on Long Island. For more information, visit www.drvc.org

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