As thousands begin to rebuild their lives after Superstorm Sandy, two University of Georgia graduates are giving them a helping – foot?
On November 17 and 18, Munir Winkel and Nick Dubernard will be biking from their homes in Atlanta to Athens and back, covering a distance of 120 miles in two days.
These two recent graduates will be raising money for those affected by Superstorm Sandy, one of the worst natural disasters to strike the Northeast.
Donations can be made online through their website,www.bikeforsandy.org. Proceeds go to the American Red Cross, to provide disaster relief in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.
The mission of the American Red Cross is to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.
“The heroic strategy of these two individuals demonstrates to the Red Cross that humanitarian compassion, along with creativity and ingenuity, can accomplish much for those devastated by disaster,” said Jeff Taylor, Executive Director of the East Georgia Chapter office of the American Red Cross.
Neither Munir nor Nick has done anything like this before.
“So many people's lives have been disrupted by this terrible disaster,” began Munir Winkel, who studied mathematics at UGA. “Nick and I decided to do something about it.”
“Thanks to Google Maps' addition of biking directions, we can easily avoid major highways and dangerous roads,” said Nick Dubernard, who recently graduated and works in marketing.
“We are really excited to make this journey. We are really proud of the amount of support we have gotten from community members, local businesses, and the University of Georgia,” said Munir Winkel.
“Sure, we've never done anything quite like this,” said Nick Dubernard, “but whatever struggles we face on this journey pale in comparison to the struggles faced by those affected by Superstorm Sandy.”
The University of Georgia’s Department of Recreational Sports will be loaning the two bikers GoPro helmet mounted video cameras to capture their 120 mile journey from Atlanta to Athens and back.