Biking for a Cause: 80-year-old to pedal 80 kilometers every day for 80 days

Paul Lawrence, who has an undying love for biking and nature, embarked on a remarkable journey. Turning 80 this year, he is cycling 80 kilometers (approximately 50 miles) a day for 80 consecutive days.

Sep 4, 2023, 2:29 PM

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In a tale of solitude, serenity, and service, two individuals from different paths have come together for a crucial cause in Hunterdon County, resulting in a collective effort to feed thousands.
Paul Lawrence, of Delaware Township, who has an undying love for biking and nature, embarked on a remarkable journey. Turning 80 this year, he is cycling 80 kilometers (approximately 50 miles) a day for 80 consecutive days. His goal is to donate $80,000 to America's Grow-A-Row in Hunterdon County, an organization that provides free produce to food banks, agencies, and pantries across 18 states.
Lawrence, a former math teacher at High Point Regional High School in Sussex, counts distance in kilometers due to his background. He met his wife, Ann, at the same school, and they recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. During summer breaks, he cycled, and later, he opened his company, aiding children in learning math and authored 65 textbooks. His extensive time on the bike seat allowed for reflection on his 80 years of life and his desire to contribute more.
He embraces a whole-food plant-based diet and is passionate about ensuring quality food for others. It was Ann who connected Paul with America's Grow-A-Row, an initiative that began 20 years ago as a father-daughter garden, growing 120 pounds of produce in its first year.
Chip Paillex, the founder of America's Grow-A-Row, has spent two decades acquiring land from donations and individuals willing to contribute. This year, four Pittstown-based farms will collectively donate over 2.5 million pounds of food.
Lawrence's unique initiative is characterized by his dedication to helping his fellow humans. He believes that everyone can make a difference in the world by helping just one person. Paul's goal to donate $80,000 to America's Grow-A-Row exemplifies his commitment to making a positive impact.
Over the past 20 years, America's Grow-A-Row has acquired over 400 prime farming acres in Hunterdon County. Each year, more than 10,000 volunteers participate in the organization's efforts. Paul Lawrence's commitment to raising funds and awareness for the cause is a testament to the power of individuals coming together to make a difference in their community.
Paul's cycling journey is set to conclude on Oct. 9, Columbus Day, and he invites others to ride along with him to the farm as part of this inspiring initiative. Additional information can be found on our website, News12.com, by clicking on numbers and links.


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