By Richard Rhinehart
Martinsburg, West Virginia, October 3, 2013 – A series of fundraising events, including an inaugural bicycle ride inspired by World T.E.A.M. Sports’ annual Face of America ride, has raised nearly $3,000 benefiting West Virginia’s Habitat for Humanity of the Eastern Panhandle.
Retired Sergeant Glenn Goulet, who was medically discharged from the Army following 7-1/2 years of service, rode the 2012 Sea to Shining Sea cross-country bicycle ride from national non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports. In 2012 and 2013, Goulet rode the organization’s 110-mile, two-day Face of America ride from the Pentagon to historic Gettysburg.
Inspired by his participation in these life-changing events, and eager to help others in need, Goulet partnered with Mike Rafferty of the Martinsburg American Legion to fundraise for Habitat for Humanity. Calling their partnership Veterans Serving Veterans, the team raised funds at several West Virginia businesses and events, including the September 7 Veterans’ Build Annual Cycling Fundraiser. The 25-mile non-competitive ride in Martinsburg featured bicyclists and motorcyclists, as well as a commemorative breakfast from the Spiritual Warriors of the Martinsburg Veterans Administration Medical Center. Joining Goulet in the ride was fellow veteran Paul Wolf, who has participated in two Face of America rides.
“We did not get a lot of people to show up, but we had a great time,” said Goulet of the September 7 ride. Benefiting construction of a new home for Iraq War veteran Dana Raines and her two young children, Goulet reports the family “joined us for the opening ceremony.”
With an escort from Apple Valley Chevrolet, the bicycle riders “were joined by some American Legion motorcycle riders” for the Martinsburg course.
“It was a very nice sunny day to enjoy a ride,” said Goulet, who reported some of the riders rode an additional six miles to thank a sponsor in person.
“Thank you to all that made this event happen. Hopefully next year, we will see an even larger number of riders,” said Goulet, who served as the ride director.
Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that depends on volunteers to build, renovate and repair homes. Since its founding in 1976, the international organization has helped more than three million people worldwide.
World T.E.A.M. Sports is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization chartered in North Carolina and headquartered in Holbrook, New York. Celebrating 20 years in 2013, World T.E.A.M. Sports organizes athletic events for disabled and able bodied citizens – mountain climbing, white water rafting, bicycling, and more.
Richard Rhinehart serves as Director of Communications for World T.E.A.M. Sports.