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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Annual 'Flatlander' set for Sept. 21

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  • The MCC Flatlander Bicycle Ride, a benefit for Mennonite Central Committee, will be Sept. 21 — starting at the MCC Center in North Newton.
    The MCC Flatlander Bicycle Ride is designed to provide an enjoyable bicycling experience for people at all fitness levels. In 2012, the Flatlander raised $4,705 to support water projects in Tanzania.
    This year the ride will benefit a water project in Vietnam's Phu Tho Province.
    During the May to September rainy season, repeated flooding and aging drainage systems lead to stagnant, standing water. Drinking water often becomes contaminated, causing illnesses that can be deadly, especially for young children. Through MCC and women's unions in Tam Nong and Thanh Thuy Districts, the clean water and sanitation project is helping village families learn ways to improve drainage systems, properly use and maintain water tanks and filters and dispose of household waste. New wells and water filter tanks are being constructed, and composting toilets and biogas systems are improving household sanitation.
    The goal for this year's ride is $6,500.
    All routes will start from the MCC Center, off Highway K15 near 30th Street in North Newton.
    Three main routes are planned, with lengths of approximately 35, 45, and 65 miles. In addition, there will be a family ride of 8-16 miles, according to rider discretion.
    Registration will be from 7 to 8 a.m. A riders' meeting will take place at 8 a.m.
    For more information contact Donna Becker at 283-5437.
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