Two Women to Bike 300 Miles of the Potomac River This Winter to Fundraise for Education
Washington, DC, February 06, 2014 --(PR.com
)-- Two former college basketball players have launched a Kickstarter-like project, biking 300 miles alongside the mighty Potomac River this winter to raise $2,000 for outdoor education and college access programming. After migrating to the D.C. area, Zoe Unruh and Jaimie McFarlin both have been passionate about education and its role in the local D.C. community. Not deterred by any cold weather brought on by a polar vortex, the two women will be setting out in Cumberland, Maryland on March 1st and finishing eight days and seven nights later where the Potomac River dumps into the Chesapeake Bay in Point Lookout State Park.
“So far, the support from the community has been remarkable,” Unruh said. “The D.C. community is excited to support an innovative and adventurous fundraiser.”
As a RocketHub project, supporters receive small gifts, such as customized postcards and calendars, at a variety of donor levels.
“We wanted to let our supporters be part of the adventure in some way, and the small tokens of appreciation with photographs from the trip will serve as that uniting force,” she said.
Although this event is their first long-distance touring trip used for charity, the two hope to make the event an annual fundraiser. McFarlin is a Harvard Law School student and is taking the trip in lieu of a spring break.
“At first, I thought the trip was a little crazy considering the arctic conditions that the east coast has experienced this winter,” McFarlin said. “But then I realized that combining the weather with biking 300 miles would really make the trip more challenging, and help our supporters understand just how dedicated we are to youth development in the D.C. region.”
The cycling tour seeks to raise $2,000, and all funds will go directly to the two organizations. Donations are received via the 2 Bikes, 300 Miles RocketHub website at www.rockethub.com/38864.
About the Organizations:
Bridging the Watershed (BTW) is an award-winning environmental education partnership between the Alice Ferguson Foundation, the National Park Service, and regional school systems. The key experience in the BTW program is students visiting national parks in their area and collecting authentic data on topics such as water quality, runoff and sediment in the water, exotic invasive plant species, and trash in the environment. BTW provides a wonderful opportunity to teach science in context and provide students with a meaningful watershed field experience.
AdmitLink is a non-profit, college and graduate school admissions consulting firm. They offer personalized services to individual clients, including matching students with prospective schools, reviewing resumes and personal statements, assisting in the scholarship search and financial aid process, proofreading applications, and long-term career planning. AdmitLink also partners with other non-profits, after school programs, mentoring programs, and organizations serving low-income communities to deliver professional development, materials, and programming regarding the college application process.
AdmitLink Consulting Inc., Jaimie McFarlin, Executive Director, www.admitlink.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, (917) 524-9654