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12th Annual Paul Anderson Bike Ride begins

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The riders prepare to depart Thomasville (Source: Paul Anderson Youth Home) The riders prepare to depart Thomasville (Source: Paul Anderson Youth Home)
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

Teenagers from the Paul Anderson Youth Home in Vidalia will put more than 500 Miles on their bikes, now through July 22.

 They are traveling through Georgia and Florida to raise support and awareness, of their founder's mission to help troubled youth.

The riders will bike through Vidalia, St. Simons Island, and Thomasville, and then turn to the Florida cities of Ponte Vedra Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Mayo.

In 1961, the man known as the 'World's Strongest Man,' Paul Anderson, founded the residential home as an alternative to incarceration for young men.

This Bike Ride is designed to spread the message of the transformative work the Christian rehabilitation home has done in the lives of more than 1,200 troubled teens over the last 50 years.

"Before arriving at the Paul Anderson Youth Home, these five boys had reached the lowest point of their lives," said Shane Smith, Director of Advancement at the Paul Anderson Youth Home. "The Bike Ride gives these young men an opportunity to share how they’ve grown physically, mentally and spiritually in their relationships with Christ as they ride together on this 500-mile journey."

You can follow their journey, and make a contribution to their cause HERE

You can follow the group on Facebook by searching Paul Anderson Ministries, and on Twitter- @PAYHMinistries.

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