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Diocese ride raises awareness for projects
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MONROE - On Monday, Sept. 5, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Monroe, welcomed riders led by Rev. Gary Manning of Trinity Episcopal Church, Wauwatosa, after the riders completed their third day of riding the Tour de Diomil, a 500-mile perimeter of The Episcopal Diocese, riding to and through Port Washington, Beaver Dam, Baraboo, Richland Center, Prairie du Chien, Platteville and Monroe.

Created by Manning, Tour de Diomil is designed to raise both awareness and $50,000 for three projects: Haitian relief, the clean water projects of Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD), and the World Bicycle Project.

The trip culminated in a dinner and sharing of stories, followed by desert and Manning outlining the three special projects that have induced him to ride his way across Wisconsin.

Haitian relief is an on-going project of The Episcopal Church, nationally. The clean water initiatives of the ERD provide funding and assistance to develop potable well water sources for isolated villages around the world, and World Bicycle Relief seeks to provide bicycles to students on their way to school and to health-care workers on their way to isolated villages, providing essential and effective transportation in remote places.

After the stop in Monroe, Manning and the others continued east to Beloit, Kenosha, Milwaukee and back to Port Washington. A daily blog, with additional information about the ride and its cause, can be found at Donations on behalf of the three projects mentioned can still be made. To date, $16,000 have been raised.