Journey of Hope slated for June visit to Craig
June 17, 2011
On June 30, a team of fraternity members participating in the Journey of Hope will arrive in Craig as part of a nine-week, 4,000-mile cycling event across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities, according to a news release.
The team will arrive in the afternoon after a 90-mile ride from Dinosaur. The cyclists will first visit the Boys & Girls Club of Craig at 2 p.m. for a presentation on bike safety and Kids on the Block, a disability awareness-raising puppet show. That night, cyclists and crew members will have dinner and a Friendship Visit with Horizons at 6 p.m.
Friendship visits are events that involve team members and people with disabilities participating in activities.
The Journey of Hope is a program of Push America, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, which raises money and awareness for people with disabilities. The Journey of Hope team consists of men from Pi Kappa Phi chapters across the country.
The team will cycle an average of 75 miles per day, beginning in San Francisco and ending in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 13.
"For the team, the real journey will not be on a bike, but spending time with the people for whom they are riding," the group reported in the news release. "Journey of Hope team members will spend every afternoon with people with disabilities in many different community events and activities. These men are striving for community inclusion of people with disabilities and are helping to break the barriers of society that keep people of all abilities from living life to the fullest."
Push America was founded in 1977 with the hope of committing its members to enhance the lives of people with disabilities.
With help from sponsors and individual team members, this year's Journey of Hope will raise more than $500,000 on behalf of people with disabilities, according to the news release. Push America and Pi Kappa Phi have raised more than $15 million to date.
For more information about this event or more on Push America's summer programs, call Matt Martyn at (704) 504-2400, ext. 159, or visit http://www.pushamerica.org.