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Pedal Past Poverty Exceeds Fundraising Goal

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MANKATO, Minn. -

Forty-four teams of ten jumped on to stationary bikes to Pedal Past Poverty.

This is the fourth year for the event. It's the main fundraiser for Partners for Affordable Housing and the Welcome Inn and Theresa House.

Almost 500 people were working up a sweat, with people from several different states and countries.

The event serves as a way to address issues of affordable housing and homelessness in the area, something organizers say is not always noticed.

Partners for Affordable Housing Communication and Volunteer Coordinator Liz Zaruba says, "In the past year, we had over a 1000 individuals reached out and need emergency shelter. Our shelters can serve up to 30 individuals a night but we turn away 40 families a month, so there's a huge need."

Zaruba says the funds raised from this event help their goal of expanding their facilities in the future to house more families.

The event exceeded the fundraising goal with $103,000.

And people can still donate online through March 4 at: http://partnersforhousing.org/pedal/

--KEYC News 12