The group, UNC Building Tomorrow, is hosting its annual fundraiser, Bike to Uganda, to collectively cycle the distance between UNC and the African country. Building Tomorrow is a national organization that builds locally sustained primary schools. Students can pay $5 for a 30-minute bike ride and $10 for a T-shirt or tank top.
The distance, which is more than 7,500 miles, represents the space between UNC and the school the fundraiser is helping build, said Natalie Sutton, UNC alumna and UNC Building Tomorrow founder.
“It’s something that’s really visible,” she said. “And it’s really unique and offers something active, which I think is something fun and always a great motivator.”
Throughout the week, entertainment is provided for the bikers. The lineup includes the Loreleis, the Carolina Irish Association, Cadence, Tar Heel Voices, Born 2 Step, the UNC Walk-Ons, UNC-Chapel Hill Chalkaa, UNC Carolina Vibe and Psalm 100.
Catherine Cromie, a first-year Loreleis member, said she was excited to help with the fundraiser. She said it was cool to see an event she had previously heard of brought to life on her own campus.
One of the event coordinators, senior Michael Schefke, said providing education to children in Uganda is important to him.
“Our entire goal is to build a primary school in Uganda, since Uganda is the youngest country in the world — over half their population is under the age of 15,” he said.
Senior Allie Rella, event coordinator, has been involved in Bike to Uganda since her first year.