Friday, July 06, 2012

X-Country Biking Road Trip: Al and Al for Best Buddies!

One of my Facebook friends (Al) is riding across the country with his friend (also Al) to raise awareness for BEST BUDDIES INTERNATIONAL. They started in Portland, Maine, and are spending the summer road biking and camping across northern America all the way to Portland, Oregon!

You can track their cross-country progress on their Public Facebook Group Page:

Al and Al at the beginning of their cross-country voyage!

They chose the Best Buddies International Alternative Break Program to raise awareness and also to raise donations for the Nonprofit:

"Best Buddies® is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

The money raised will go toward the initiation and expansion of travel programs for people with disabilities, 
creating empowering opportunities for people with disabilities to do service work!" 

I have been following their updates via their Tumblr account, which includes many heartwarming stories of generosity across the Northeast so far, interesting accounts of people that Al & Al have met, and their physical exertions as they have now completed most of the Adirondack Mountain Range. An impressive amount of mileage biked already! Wish them luck, check out their sites, or donate to them here!