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ICS principal raises $28,000 through bike ride

Published: Monday, July 28, 2014 9:04 p.m. CDT
(Heidi Litchfield –
Kim DesLauriers rode his bike several miles each week to prepare for his Cairo, Illinois, to Chicago bike ride last month to raise funds for Immaculate Conception School where he is the principal.

MORRIS – Immaculate Conception School Principal Kim DesLauriers recently completed a six-day, 517 mile bicycle ride through Illinois to raise money for ICS. 

The ride was called "Riding for a Reason." The route began at Fort Defiance, the southernmost part of the state where the Ohio and Mississippi rivers meet and ended in downtown Chicago on Michigan Avenue, according to a news release from the school.

DesLauriers had more than 200 sponsors that contributed more than $28,000 for his effort. All of the income earned from "Riding for a Reason" will be used for scholarships at Immaculate Conception and to help pay for curriculum enhancements.

The bike ride was sponsored by Bicycle Illinois, a private bicycle touring company.  DesLauriers was joined by seven other riders for the trip – two people from Florida, two from Oklahoma, and three others from Illinois.

The ride in the southern part of the state proved to be quite hilly, especially in Shawnee National Forest, according to the news release. The first day’s ride was the most challenging because of this. Overnight stops included Carbondale, Centralia, Effingham, Champaign and Kankakee. The distances traveled each day ranged between 80 and 104 miles. 

Sponsors of "Riding for a Reason" riders were asked to provide the names of people they wanted to honor or remember. These names are listed on the school website and were printed on prayer cards that were carried on the trip. Along the route, DesLauriers met many people, several of whom are connected in some way with ICS. He also stopped at Catholic schools and churches along the route.  

A day-by-day account of "Riding for a Reason" is posted on the school Facebook page.  "Riding for a Reason" and Jim’s Ride, which was held in May, will help I.C.S. provide approximately $50,000 in scholarships for ICS students for the upcoming school year. 

For information about "Riding for a Reason," contact the school office at 815-942-4111 or by email at  

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