Happy 24th, Bunny!
Archive for the ‘PG’ Category
In the limbo between her BS and her Masters, Bunny is working locally. Four jobs. I had a nice, long phone chat with her today.
Two part time not-for-profit jobs, and waitstaff in two different restaurants.
She remains concerned about the Gulf and is organizing a group of St. John Fisher alums for a trip to Mississippi May 6-12.
You remember the Gulf? Three hurricanes. Massive damage.
Bunny remembers, and that is one of the things that makes her special. While the rest of us worry about Anna Nicole’s baby’s daddy, she remembers that there are still Americans in need.
Bunny called before I got to bed with an update on the Ride to Rebuild. They’ve made it through the Rocky Mountains and are now in the “rolling hills” of Kansas. She called from Wellington, Kansas. They’ve ridden about 2,400 miles and she thinks they’re about half way.
The mountains were both very tiring and very exhilarating.
They’re at three riders for now, picking up a fourth in St. Louis. They hope to be in St. Louis on Labor Day. Today, for the anniversary, they are putting in an 80 mile ride.
They’ve been sleeping in city parks. Bunny says the people of Kansas are very friendly. They’re living on peanut butter and honey sandwiches for lunch and quick pasta meals for supper. If you see them biking by, I’m sure they could use a big meal and a soft bed.
Please consider going to the Ride to Rebuild link and donating. Habitat for Humanity is one of the best ways you can provide recovery support to the people of the Gulf Coast who have lost so much.
The three hurricanes last year, Katrina, Rita and Wilma did more than flood New Orleans. As you read story after story about the people of New Orleans today, please also remember the hundreds of thousands of people in rural Louisiana, Missippis, Texas, Alabama and Florida who are also struggling to rebuild and recover.
Bunny’s description of her work in the Gulf with AmeriCorps can be found here.
Bunny is the woman I have called PG, for Pretty Girl, on this blog for several years. She’s 22, and a year out of college. She spent that year with AmeriCorps, working mostly in the Gulf region that was so devastated by the hurricanes last year.
After she completed her term with them, she and four of her friends decided to bike across the United States. They’re raising money for Gulf reconstruction through a project they call Ride to Rebuild. Funds raised will benefit Habitat for Humanity in Mississippi. You’ll find a link to the donation page over on the right for as long as they are riding.
Habitat is one of the best ways you and I can help with the recovery efforts in the Gulf. I’ve written in the past about the aid problems and the insurance issues. Habitat skips all that. It’s just people helping people.
These are your fellow Americans. They’ve suffered a disaster that most of us cannot imagine living through. Americans have been so generous to tsunami victims, to earthquake victims. Why not be generous and keep those dollars at home as well?
Bunny and her crew have been through Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado. If you’re out in the Great Plains and you see five young people with sore butts biking along, it’s probably them. A cold drink or a soft bed might be very welcome. They’re headed for Bar Harbor Maine, so they have a lot of pedaling to do.
It would be nice if you could honor their hard work in the Gulf and their enthusiasm in this bike ride with a donation. Come on, just a few bucks.
Remember Bunny? Here’s the latest on the Ride to Rebuild.
After biking 1,500 miles, we are almost done with Wyoming! And while it has been beautiful we are ready to head into Colorado. Our highest climb of 11,000 feet will be coming up in a few days.
These five young people put months in helping on the Gulf Coast with Americorps. Now they’re biking across the United States to raise money for Habitat for Humanity in Jackson Missippi. You can’t beat the cause. Building home with those who lost their homes. They’re out there sweating, or in Bunny’s case “glowing”. The least you can do is make a donation.