ENCINO, CA–Participants of all ages are invited to attend the 2nd annual “Cycle Against Denial” bike-a-thon hosted by the AYF San Fernando Valley “Sardarabad” Chapter at the Holy Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church (5300 White Oak Ave. Encino, Ca) on April 25, 2010 to raise awareness about the first genocide of the 20th century in which the Ottoman Empire massacred over 1.5 million Armenian in 1915.
“The bicycle ride represents the continuous cycle of genocide denial that we [Armenians] encounter everyday living in the United States,” explained Palig Demirjian, Chairperson of the chapter’s “April-24th” Committee. “The never-ending circle of denial will not stop until individuals stand up for their rights and bring light to the fact.”
The bike-a-thon, which attracted over 250 community members from across California last year, has been extended from 11 miles to approximately 14 miles. The extended route includes more stops throughout the city, is an attempt by the Sardarabad Chapter to broaden the scope of awareness raised by their unique event.
“Cycle Against Denial is a time when we can all gather together for one cause, stand up, educate, and bring attention to the cause we fight for strongly,” added Demirjian.
Check-in for the event begins at 11AM, during which all riders must register. The bike-a-thon is scheduled to begin peddling at 1:30PM. Participants can either bring their own bicycles or rent one on campus for $20. Those under the age of 18 must wear helmets.
In order to register please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Palig Demirjian at (818)445-4423.