Durham Ride for Rwanda — Saturday, September 8th

From the Durham Bike Co-op website…

On Saturday, September 8th, a community of like-minded Durham businesses will host a truly special event that will benefit a cause very close to our hearts. I’m pleased to announce that The Durham Bike Co-op is a co-sponsor of a bicycle scavenger hunt around the city of Durham designed to raise funds for, and awareness of, Bikes to Rwanda, an organization with the mission to provide much-needed cargo bicycles to co-operative coffee farmers in Rwanda. The organization also works toward improving the quality of life in these coffee-growing communities through a bicycle workshop and maintenance program that not only provides transportation resources for basic needs but also enhances the production of quality coffee.

Registration for the event begins at noon, and the scavenger hunt begins at 1 pm at event co-sponsor Shade Tree Coffee, which is also great place for coffee or espresso before, after, and during the event! Other sites along the route include Durham locations of co-sponsors The Scrap Exchange, SEEDS community garden, Locopops, Chaz’s Bull City Records, and the Durham Bike Co-op. Registration is $7 and all proceeds go directly to Bikes to Rwanda. Special thanks to Docusource for printing one of the most beautiful posters we’ve ever seen; and to Counter Culture Coffee for helping organize the event.

In solidarity with our partners in Rwanda, the event takes place on the same day as the Rwandan Wooden Bike Classic. At each stop on the hunt, participants will complete fun challenges such as riding a wooden bike; competing in a coffee sack race; enjoying a delicious popsicle; drinking a shot of single-origin Rwandan espresso; and more! At the end of the hunt, those who have completed all the challenges and make it back to Shade Tree will be entered in a drawing for prizes.

The event is sure to be a lot of fun for the whole family, and even if you don’t have or ride a bicycle, we encourage you to still come out and join the festivities. For those of you who do plan to ride, please remember your helmets!


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