We recently received an email from two students who attend Martinsburg High School. They are on a mission to help children in Africa through the World Bicycle Relief program as part of the MHS Leadership Organization.
“This project came out of a class requirement for Leadership students at Martinsburg High School. Each of us is required to choose a community service project where we want to help make a difference. We enlist the help of our classmates for each project. We have participated in food and clothing drives, Hospice support and many other causes. We did some research to determine a need. We discovered that a child in Africa may be denied an education because the school is too far from home. Having a bicycle enables a child to get an education. World Bicycle Relief provides specially designed bikes, and parts to handle the rugged, African terrain. We would like to send several bikes. Your participation in our 10K Bike Race will make our efforts a reality.”
The students are hosting a 10K Bike Race on December 5th in Berkeley County. Registration begins at 7:00am, and the race begins at 8:00am. The race starts at James Rumsey Technical Institute and travels over the scenic paths of Ridge Road, Old Mill Road and Lost Road. The path continues East on Tuscarora Pike and then ends in the parking lot of Around the Panhandle Magazine, located on the Street of Dreams. This route was selected for the beautiful orchards and mountain ridge.
$25.00 – includes a long sleeve T-Shirt (supplies may be limited)
$15.00 – no shirt
All proceeds go to World Bicycle Relief, a non-profit organization, that believes in mobilizing people through the power of bicycles. Their website states:
Simple, sustainable bicycle transportation multiplies an individual’s efficiency. Compared to walking, bikes improve access to education, healthcare and economic opportunity. They increase carrying capacity and accessible travel distance while decreasing the time it takes to commute to schools, clinics and markets.
For more information about World Bicycle Relief, check out their website and the following video: