This Monday, 14 local community members will gather together, sporting their most comfortable biking gear and most durable helmets, in hopes of raising more than $30,000 for American Red Cross local disaster relief.
The fifth annual Bike for Life fundraiser will commence at 9:15 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 5. Fourteen riders will depart from West Newton, Pa. to embark on a 300-mile journey to Washington, D.C. The cyclists will begin their journey at the West Newton Access Area on the Great Allegheny Passage on the West side of the Route 136 Bridge, which crosses the Youghiogheny River. Riders will reach their destination on Friday, Aug. 9.
“Every year, our organization is truly grateful for the number of riders who are willing to peddle 300 miles for our vital mission,” said Donna Pacella, executive director of the local Red Cross. “They can enjoy the beautiful journey knowing that their peddling helps to ensure we continue to provide local disaster victims with their immediate needs.”
The event has significantly grown since its conception in 2009. David Mickley, long-time Red Cross volunteer and board member, founded the fundraiser to create a lasting and important impact in the local community.
In its first year, Mickley, alongside his friend Dr. Michael Green, raised more than $3,000. Since the initial event, Mickley and accompanied riders have raised more than $60,000 for the local Red Cross and its disaster relief fund.
“Every year, Bike For Life strives to raise vital funds and awareness for the local Red Cross and its lifesaving work in the Westmoreland and Armstrong communities,” said Mickley. “As the event continues to grow, we continue to spread the organization’s mission further while also raising more lifesaving funds for those in need during times of disaster.”
This year, riders will depart from West Newton, Pa. and travel through the Allegheny Passage to reach Washington, D.C on Friday, Aug. 9. Upon arrival at their destination, national Red Cross employees will greet and thank the cyclists for their service to the organization and its mission.
To support the riders, you can make an online donation at www.arcbike4life.org or send a check to the local American Red Cross office at 351 Harvey Avenue, Suite B, Greensburg, PA 15601.