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Bike for Humanity returns to the streets on Halloween Day to raise much-needed funds for wildfire relief efforts

With wildfires raging throughout the Western United States, Bike for Humanity, the global initiative co-created by Basketball Hall of Fame member Bill Walton, will return to the streets on Halloween Day, Saturday, Oct. 31, with a socially-distanced / virtual ride to raise much-needed funds for wildfire relief efforts in both California and Oregon.

The primary beneficiaries of Bike for Humanity III are the California Fire Foundation (www.cafirefoundation.org) and the 2020 Community Rebuilding Fund, facilitated through Oregon Community Foundation (www.oregoncf.org). In California alone, there have been more than 8,000 wildfires since the beginning of 2020 and more than 3.6 million acres have burned. And since mid-August, 26 people have lost their lives due to the devastating wildfires. In Oregon, more than 1,000,000 acres burned and nearly 40,000 people evacuated in the worst fire season on record.

“It is heartbreaking to see all the devastation caused by these wildfires throughout the west”, said Walton. “Things are bad, and they’re getting worse. We need to help. My soul aches for everyone who’s lost a home or a loved one, and for all of our precious natural resources that are now gone due to the fires. We extend our love, appreciation and eternal gratitude to the men and women who are doing everything possible fighting these fires. They are true American heroes. Bike for Humanity is here for you. The need is here. The time is now. You’re doing your job. The rest is up to us. Let’s ride our bikes – for humanity.”

There are several ways to sign-up and participate in Bike for Humanity’s Halloween Ride. Most importantly, you can ride for as long or as short as you choose, so long as you sign up and get out and ride your bike on Oct. 31. For people who simply want to participate, there is no cost to sign-up and register, however there are multiple options for participants to donate as little as $25 and receive commemorative keepsakes, including official Bike for Humanity T-shirts, medals and more. There are also a number of VIP experiential opportunities to choose from, as well as chances to register and win great prizes. Riders can visit www.BikeforHumanity.com to register and learn more.

“The California Fire Foundation is grateful to be partnering with Bike for Humanity for this event,” said Rick Martinez, Executive Director of the California Fire Foundation. “Our communities across the state are suffering from these unprecedented wildfires and partnering with Bike for Humanity ensures our Foundation can continue supporting California’s firefighters, their families, and the communities they protect.”

“In one of Oregon’s most difficult moments, we are heartened by the deep generosity and neighborliness from so many who want to help communities recover,” said Max Williams, President and CEO of Oregon Community Foundation. “We have a long road ahead, but we are heartened by the willingness of diverse organizations and partners who are pulling together collaboratively to multiply our impact. Together, we’ll support each other through this time of crisis and suffering, and together will rebuild Oregon.”

To-date, Bike for Humanity has hosted two events on April 25 and July 25, 2020. More than 3,500 people have signed up to ride, and more than $175,000 has been raised. Outside of essential costs, one-hundred percent (100%) of all net proceeds support Bike for Humanity’s community partners.

It’s important to note that due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Bike for Humanity is a socially-distanced / virtual bike ride in which participants can participate anywhere around the globe.Individuals are encouraged to get out and ride their bikes for as long as they like in an area where they can practice social distancing. Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines continue to recommend a minimum of six feet of social distancing in an effort to stem the pandemic. It is CRITICAL to note that Bike for Humanity is NOT a group ride and riding in clusters is PROHIBITED due to the coronavirus.

For more information, visit www.BikeforHumanity.com.

This article was released by Bike for Humanity.