Greene County News Report
CEDARVILLE —Three Cedarville University staff members will take part in a three-day, 178-mile trek across Ohio during the Ride for Life July 31-Aug. 2
The ride brings people from private and public sectors, including higher education and business, to raise awareness for pro-life issues.
“While the ride itself is a lot of fun, the cause is even more important,” said Mark D. Weinstein, executive director of public relations at Cedarville University. “The pro-life cause is one that’s deeply important to Cedarville University, and our involvement in this event allows us to not only support the Right to Life effort, but to help raise a greater awareness of the importance of pro-life initiatives.”
Weinstein will be joined by Bob Bielek, C.A.D. technician, and Mark Mathews, director of campus recreation and facilities in the event, sponsored by Dayton Right to Life.
There are several riders from the University of Dayton who are also participating.
Dayton Right to Life is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to protecting the rights of the unborn, elderly, mentally handicapped, disabled and terminally ill. Proceeds from registration fees, corporate sponsorships and donations will directly benefit the organization’s initiatives in the Miami Valley.
In addition to advocating for pro-life legislation, Dayton Right to Life also provides prenatal and parenting education, emergency baby pantry services and mentoring programs.
The trip begins with a send-off ceremony at the University of Dayton, headlined by former UD head football coach and member of the College Football Hall of Fame Mike Kelly.
Unlike in previous years where the riders traveled four days en route to the University of Notre Dame, this year’s ride is a loop throughout Ohio. The first day is the shortest ride — just 47 miles to Springfield — with a midday lunch at Cedarville University, outside of the Center for Biblical and Theological Studies. Dennis Sullivan, director of the Center for Bioethics and professor of pharmacy practice, will give a brief presentation on pro-life issues and Cedarville University.
After an overnight in Springfield, the riders will depart on Saturday, Aug. 1 on a 68-mile ride to Minster. The ride concludes on Sunday, Aug. 2 with a 63-mile ride back to the University of Dayton. Dr. Dan Curran, president of the University of Dayton, will speak to the riders at a private reception at UD upon their return.
Greene County News report compiled by Scott Halasz.