On Saturday, October 5th, our ECU Staff Senate members: Martina Christie, Penny Doughtie, Sherry Bingham, Lisa Graepel, Tamara McKeel, Julie Fowler, and Paulette Brown served as volunteers for the Ride Without Limits Bike Race, benefiting the Easter Seals. Our team placed route markers prior to the race and staffed two (of 15) rest stops for the duration of the race. They represented our ECU Staff Senate VERY well, showing their Pirate Pride, as they encouraged the 150 riders along the 250 mile route. The route took the riders across three counties – Beaufort, Martin and Pitt.
It was reported by a couple groups of bikers that there was a black bear spotted between Rest Stop #7 (red) and #8 (blue). Lucky for our team, they were not in any immediate danger.
If you look closely at the next two pictures, you will see a kind gentleman photo-bombing from his golf cart. When our Pirate group arrived to what was supposed to be the rest stop #7 location, they were surprised to find a funeral and luncheon going on! But, that didn’t deter them, they noticed Mr. E.H. Williams in his front yard, explained their situation, and he graciously allowed them to pitch their tent in his front yard. Not only did he allow them to trespass on his property but he was also so accommodating that he allowed our Pirate team to utilize his restroom AND later in the day, during a slow time, he took Penny and Sherry for an awesome golf-cart tour around his farm. He was so generous….if you ever get a glimpse of our humble little blog Mr. Williams, we would like to extend our most sincere thanks!
A great time was had by all. Our group felt both appreciated and inspired by the riders they interacted with.
It was a terrific experience for our Pirates, the 125 volunteers from across the state, and for the many wonderful riders who biked to raise $146,775.59 ($10,000 more than last year!!) for the Easter Seals UCP and the supportice servifces provided to children and adults with disabilities and mental health challenges in North Carolina and Virginia. Mark your calendars, this is scheduled to be an annual event and there will be plenty of volunteer opportunities next year!!
Thanks to each of your for doing such a GREAT JOB!!
Side note – The event coordinator has taken a well-deserved vacation and will not be responding to emails until later this month. Once he returns to work, I will ask how much money was raised for the Easter Seals and will post the amount on this blog post.