Students started the more than 7,000-mile bike ride to Uganda on Monday.
In the same week as Uganda’s 50th anniversary of independence from British rule, the third annual Bike to Uganda event kicked off.
Bike to Uganda is Building Tomorrow’s main fundraiser of the year, where students and faculty come together to bike the distance to Uganda on stationary bikes to raise money to build a new primary school there.
Twelve bikes will be set up in the Pit through Friday and participants can sign up for 30-minute shifts between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Registration is $5 and T-shirts or tank tops can be purchased for $10. All proceeds go toward funding the new school.
Performances by various a cappella and dance groups will be held throughout the week to entertain the bikers.
Senior Erin Owenby, director of the UNC chapter of Building Tomorrow, said when the event was first held in 2010, more than 800 people participated.
But this year, the event has the capacity for 1,320 bikers, and organizers hope to fill all the spots, she said.
Owenby said Bike to Uganda aims to promote awareness about the need for schools in East Africa and raise the necessary funds to build those schools.