Sam Newman from Jericho, New York will become a Bar Mitzvah on January 16, 2010, but has already completed his Mitzvah Project. The MS (Multiple Sclerosis Society) NYC bike tour is the #1 fundraiser for MS in the world and took place on October 4, 2009.
We caught up with Sam to learn more about his project in his own words:
MM: Why did you decide to take on this particular Mitzvah Project?
SN: My Mom has friends who have MS and I had participated in it last year. This year I decided to form a team.
MM: Can you give us details of your Mitzvah Project?
SN: I formed an 11 person team called, “The Mitzvah Riders.” The team consisted of friends and family in our community. I wrote a letter and emailed it to family and friends asking for donations.
We rode 30 miles around Manhattan with a few hundred thousand people. We woke up at 5:00am and drove into the city. When we got near the Pier, it was an awesome sight seeing so many riders out. We had an amazing day and our team raised more than $4,000.00!
Sam and “The Mitzvah Riders” the day of the MS Bike Tour
MM: In your own words, what does it mean to you to do a Mitzvah Project for your Bar Mitzvah?
SN: It is an important time in my life and many things are focused on me, such as my party. It was a great feeling doing something challenging for myself and raising money for such an important cause.
If you would like to donate to MS or learn more about this wonderful organization, please visit their Website.
We would like to thank Sam for sharing his Mitzvah Project with Mitzvah Market.