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JOURNEY OF HOPE RIDERS COMING TO SKYKOMISH
June 01, 2009
(SKYKOMISH, WA) -- On Wednesday June 10th, a team of bicyclists participating in the “Journey of Hope” will arrive in Skykomish as part of a nine-week, 4,105-mile cycling event across the country to raise funds and awareness for people with disabilities.
Journey of Hope riders getting ready to roll. CLICK TO ENLARGE
The team will spend the night with lodging provided by the Skykomish School District before departing for Wenatchee the following morning.
The Journey of Hope is a program of Push America, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity, which raises funds and awareness for people with disabilities.
The Journey of Hope team consists of men from Pi Kappa Phi chapters across the country. The Trans America team, which is one of three Journey of Hope teams, will cycle an average of 75 miles per day, beginning in Seattle and ending in Washington, D.C., on August 15th.
For the team, the real journey will be spending time with the people for whom they are riding. Journey of Hope team members will spend time almost every day with people with disabilities in many different community events and activities called “friendship visits.”
The riders promote 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 the combined efforts of sponsors and individual team members, this year’s Journey of Hope will raise more than $500,000 on behalf of people with disabilities. Push America and Pi Kappa Phi have raised over $12 Million dollars to date for Americans with disabilities.
To donate or form a chapter in your area check the web site www.pushamerica.org.