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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 25, 2011) – University of Central Missouri President Charles Ambrose will join the Rev. Steve Cook, a Catholic priest based in Kansas City, and his team of 25 cyclists as they visit Warrensburg Wednesday, June 8, as part Cycling for Change 2011. The 500-mile, seven-day, cross-state bicycle ride will bring attention to the families in Missouri living in poverty and the poverty-reduction programs of Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph.
The C4C team members will begin their Cycling for Change -2011 journey Saturday, June 4, in downtown Kansas City. During the next week they will tour western Missouri, riding through St. Joseph, Maryville, Lake Viking, Richmond, Warrensburg, Clinton and Harrisonville. The team will be joined along the way by riders doing shorter segments, and they will rally in communities at each stop. The tour will end with a celebration at the Catholic Charities headquarters in downtown Kansas City.
Ambrose, an experienced and dedicated cyclist, will join the team for the Richmond to Warrensburg leg of the tour on Wednesday, June 8. The team will enter Warrensburg and gather at the Johnson County Courthouse at approximately 3:15 p.m. The public is invited to a barbecue honoring the Cycling for Change team at 5:30 p.m. at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center on the UCM campus. Local non-profit agencies will set up information booths at the event, and non-perishable food items will be collected for the Warrensburg Food Center.
Cook and team members will share the message-and challenge-of reducing the number of persons living below the poverty level by focusing on the four basic needs of every family: safe housing, health care, healthy nutrition and the means to earn a livable wage.
People can follow the team's progress on the Cycling for Change Facebook page or web site.