Bike Sharing Offering Relief to Hurricane Victims
August 30, 2008
The Bikes Belong Foundation and the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., announced today that together they will donate $10 for every mile ridden on a Freewheelin bicycle during this week’s Republican National Convention, September 1-4. The donation will go to American Red Cross hurricane-relief efforts. This afternoon, the Republican National Committee asked participants and visitors to the RNC to support fund-raising efforts gearing up in response to Hurricane Gustav.
"With Hurricane Gustav approaching the Gulf Coast, we don't know how much damage the hurricane will do, but it's clear that a significant relief effort will be necessary,” said Michael B. McCallister, president and chief executive officer of Humana Inc., and chairman of the board of The Humana Foundation. "With our Freewheelin bike-sharing program starting tomorrow at the Republican National Convention, we strongly encourage delegates, visitors to Minneapolis and St. Paul, and local residents to ride the bicycles.
Every mile ridden will boost The Humana Foundation and Bikes Belong Foundation donation to support hurricane relief.
Humana and Bikes Belong will post regular updates about this effort on the “community” page of www.freewheelinwaytogo.com this week, including information regarding the larger national relief effort.
“We at Bikes Belong want to do everything we can to help,” said Tim Blumenthal, executive director of Bikes Belong.