Your letters, May 21

May 20, 2014 

Ride for disabled

In June, I will be joining 100 other Pi Kappa Phi’s from universities across the country and embarking on a 64-day “Journey of Hope.” The Journey of Hope is a 4,000 mile cross-country cycling trek that raises funds and awareness on behalf of people with disabilities.

The team members are all members of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity and are joining forces to pave the road for a better understanding of people with disabilities. From the West Coast to Washington, D.C., the Journey of Hope team will be cycling from city to city, bringing the message of Push America in a unique and inspiring way.

We will be making dozens of presentations in communities across the nation, helping others to understand the abilities of those with disabilities. After cycling an average of 75 miles each day, the team will take part in many special events with those for whom they’re riding. The team will also be presenting grants to many of these organizations with which we will be visiting across the country.

The Journey of Hope is an event hosted by Push America, which was founded by Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity in 1977 with the mission to build leaders of tomorrow by serving people with disabilities today. Its members have raised more than $15 million for Push America since its establishment.

In addition to raising awareness, the Journey of Hope will raise more than $500,000 in support of people with disabilities. I am committed to raising a minimum of $5,500 on behalf of Push America and people with disabilities.

Anyone interested in “Going the Extra Mile” by making a tax-deductible donation to Push America on behalf of Shad Albarazanji should contact me at 919-619-8446 or salbar@live.unc.edu.

Shad Albarazanji

UNC

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