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03-12-2013


UC student will ride bike to raise funds for charity

 


Williamsburg, Ky. – In November, 2012, University of the Cumberlands (UC) student, Cameron Huff, received his acceptance into the charity organization, Bike & Build which focuses on raising money for the affordable housing crisis.

Cameron will be a rider this summer helping to collect money as he rides his bike across country starting on the east coast and ending on the west coast. As a participant, he is required to raise a minimum of $4,500 that will be used to pay for affordable housing projects. Also during the trip, he will spend time helping build homes at various projects the group will come across throughout their adventurous bike ride.

“I decided to do the trip after talking with a friend who did the program last summer,” said Cameron. “I actually met with his entire team as they came through Georgia this past summer and I was able to ask a lot of questions. I was pretty much hooked within ten minutes of sitting down and seeing what the whole Bike & Build thing was all about. I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to ride a bicycle across the country while also helping fight a serious problem.”

The money raised throughout the summer will be distributed in one of four ways.

A competitive grant application process, in which organizations get to submit their application and at the end of the summer, riders from each trip will vote to see who receives money. Or, a rider-designated beneficiary where participants get to donate $500 of what they raised to an affordable housing project of their choice. A third possible way the money could be distributed is through on-the-road donations where Bike & Build will donate a $100 check to an affordable housing project in the name of different places and religious groups that provide food and shelter for riders during their journey. The final possibility is prearranged contributions; contributions made to affordable housing organizations that go above and beyond to help Bike & Build. These organizations will receive a sizable prearranged contribution at the end of the summer as a “thank you” for their help.

For over ten seasons, Bike & Build has contributed more than four-million dollars to housing groups to fund projects planned and executed by young adults; this includes more than $600,000 donated from the summer of 2012. The organization has three full-time employees working to coordinate all the trips and cash flow from their headquarters in Philadelphia. All other participants are volunteers because they do not receive any compensation for their work.

Cameron is currently a senior at UC and will be graduating in May 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Communications.

His first race will be coming up in 78 days as he leaves out of Virginia Beach. To view Cameron’s rider page, visit www.bikeandbuild.org/rider/6531. Anyone who would like to donate can do so by going to the page and clicking the” donate” button.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.