German Police Officer Sets Out on 2,700-Mile Trans-America Bicycle Trip To Raise Money To Support Programs for 9/11 Families

May 11, 2007, 01:00 ET from Tuesday's Children

    NEW YORK, May 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, May 16th
 Robert Diener, a 41-year-old German police officer will embark on a
 2,700-mile cross- country bicycle ride from Pueblo, Colorado to Ground Zero
 in New York City to raise awareness and money for Tuesday's Children, a
 non-profit organization that provides a wide range of innovative programs
 and services to more than 5,000 family members who lost a loved one on
 September 11th.
     In 2002 while working as a law enforcement officer in Berlin, Mr.
 Diener met children whose fathers or mothers were killed on 9/11. After
 seeing the depth of the loss they suffered, he made a commitment to find a
 way to help. He said, "When I saw the faces of the children and the sadness
 in their eyes, I was emotionally moved. I said, 'I want to be a part of
 this. I want to help these children.'"
     After doing some research, Mr. Diener discovered Tuesday's Children. He
 decided to ride his bicycle across America to raise awareness about the
 organization, so that every 9/11 family would know where to turn for
     Terry Sears, Executive Director of Tuesday's Children said, "Mr. Diener
 is one of a kind. We wish him Godspeed as he sets out on his journey and we
 plan to welcome him with a hero's homecoming in the Big Apple in mid-July."
     Now on sabbatical from his post at the State Criminal Office, Mr.
 Diener came to Boulder in April 2007 and began training for his arduous
 cross-country trek with 74-year-old Boulder resident and member of the
 Seniors On Bikes, Charlie Meredith.
     Traveling alone through Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky,
 Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Mr. Diener will be equipped with
 only his touring bike, tent, camping mattress, sleeping-bag, and a cell
 phone. His two-month-long odyssey will end at the World Trade Center site
 in mid-July.
     For a full itinerary, or to check on Mr. Diener's progress go to:
     Mr. Diener is personally covering the costs for this fundraising
 effort. One hundred percent of all donations will go directly to Tuesday's
 Children, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Contributions can
 be made through the organization's website: or by
 mailing a check to:
                               Tuesday's Children
                           469 7th Avenue, 3rd Floor
                               New York, NY 10018

SOURCE Tuesday's Children