When UNCG student Homayoon Ershadi’s friend in Houston left his job to help those devastated by Hurricane Harvey’s destructive path, it got him thinking.
“It made me question if there is anything I can do to help people down there who lost pretty much everything they have,” said Ershadi, secretary of business affairs for UNCG’s Student Government Association (SGA). “Then Irma hit Florida and was a threat to North Carolina, and that’s where it became obvious that I need to do something.”
Ershadi, an avid cyclist, came up with a way to utilize his networks on and off campus to provide some relief for hurricane victims. With his combination of work experience at the Trek Bicycle Store in Greensboro, an internship at SFW Agency and his position with SGA, Ershadi started organizing the university’s charity bike ride.
“With this event, I am able to donate more than I ever could by myself, and also it is providing a channel for all of the students and people in our community who want to help the victims, but aren’t sure how to go about it,” he said.
“Ride Out the Storm” is scheduled to take off Sunday, Oct. 15, at 10 a.m. outside of the Weatherspoon Art Museum on Tate Street and Spring Garden Street. Three different routes options – a 3-mile fun ride, 30-mile at 16+ pace and 50-mile at 18+ pace – give participants of all cycling levels a chance to participate. Registration is $10 for UNCG students, faculty and staff and $25 for the public. All proceeds from the ride will be donated to the American Red Cross to assist victims of last month’s hurricanes.
Sponsors include SFW Agency, Trek Bicycle Store of Greensboro, Recycles Bike Shop and LimeBike, which will provide a free fleet of bikes for those who do not own a bike but would like to ride. SFW Agency will match donations dollar for dollar up to $500. Representatives from Trek will be on site providing complimentary bike repair. Participants will receive free giveaways and have the chance to win raffle prizes.
To learn more and to register, click here.
Story by Elizabeth L. Harrison, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications