TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Tuesday, July 26 kicks off the 7th Week of Hope Ride, which raises money for people with disabilities.
For the past 35 years the Journey of Hope has been held every summer. It’s an effort by a non-profit organization called Ability Experience, which is owned and operated by Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.
Two teams of cyclists from the fraternity travel on two different routes. One group starts in Seattle, the other in San Francisco with the final destination being Washington DC
Indiana State University graduate Neil Jones said it’s been a great experience helping people.
“Just be accepting and empathetic towards people of all different shapes and abilities. It’s really motivating and very uplifting to be able to be a positive ray of light for so many people,” Jones said.
The bikers stopped at the Bag of Happiness in Terre Haute for a friendship event. Cyclists spent time with Happiness Bag participants enjoying various activities and dinner.
Cyclist Steven Wang said it’s a privilege to be in Terre Haute.
“Every day is a little different, I heard we’re going to do karaoke tonight. So really excited about that. I’ve never done anything like this before starting and it’s really a privilege to be here,” Wang said.
If you are interested in donating money or volunteering, you can do so by visiting their website at abilityexperience.org.