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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Push America’s Journey of Hope

Last evening, I attended a picnic hosted by the Cumberland Rotary Club.  The picnic serves two purposes:  first, the annual picnic for Rotarians and their spouses; and second, we host 35 young men from all over the country who are cycling across the US.  The young men have raised a minimum of $5500 each, which goes to Push America’s Journey of Hope.  The Journey of Hope benefits the disabled across the U.S.  In fact, they cycle around 75 to 80 miles a day and then stop and spend time working with the disabled in the many communities where they spend the night.  They started in San Francisco in June and are about to arrive in DC; the entire trip is around 65 days.  These young men, all of whom are in the late teens or early twenties, are attending some of the best colleges and universities.   They are pursuing studies in an array of areas, many with double majors.  They are charming, articulate, friendly, respectful and appreciative.  It was a wonderful way to spend the evening, hearing from each of them as to their background and how they raised their minimum of $5500 (actually, the average for group was $8000 per cyclist).  These are our leaders of tomorrow; and after spending a few hours with them, we will be in very good hands in the not too distant future.

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