Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Day 47 – Columbus, OH (0 miles – Columbus Global Health Day)

Monday, May 17, 2010

Today was a crazy day. We didn’t really get much rest from about 7am to 8pm. Columbus Global Health Day is one of the biggest days of the entire ride. We put a lot of effort in to it every year.

This morning was the kick-off of “Bike to Work Week” in Columbus. A huge group of people met near campus area and biked down to the State House. There were supposed to be 70+ CEO’s of Columbus businesses at the event, so we thought it would be a good idea to show up and try to do some schmoozing. The major showed up and talked for a little while. Then we all biked down to the State House. It was pretty cool to see so many people biking. We closed down High Street. And, perhaps more exciting, I got lots of free stuff. I like free stuff.
We stopped by Meiling to help set-up briefly before our official “ride-in” to OSU campus this morning. It was fun. We all hung out in the parking garage beforehand to hide ourselves from the crowd gathering outside of Meiling Hall (and to hide from the drizzling rain outside). At the designated time, we all rode in to our event, amidst lots of cheering and clapping. We felt pretty special. We had a few brief speeches (it was starting to rain harder) and then went inside for an informational fair and small group discussion with some local high school students.

The students from METRO High School came over to give us presentations on the Millennium Development Goals from 4:00-5:00. They were amazing. They used incredibly creative ways (most used videos) to explain the goals. Exceptionally impressive. Our key-note speakers were scheduled from 5:00-7:00pm. We had representatives from both of our beneficiaries – HEAL Africa and World Bicycle Relief. We were incredibly excited to have them there and they gave great talks. I have to admit, however, that I was very embarrassed by the lack of support from OSUCOM faculty, staff, and students. We had some amazing support, but not much. We advertised for the event a lot (perhaps excessively), but it didn’t seem to affect many people. Besides the R4WH team, there were only perhaps 5-10 in attendance for our keynote speakers. It really was a shame. This was definitely our worst attended event – and it was at our home institution. Pathetic.

End of the forty-seventh day. And it was tiring.

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