POOLE RAISES MONEY FOR SHRINERS
“I rode my bike from Springfield, Ohio to Florence, Oregon following the trans American cycling route,” said Poole. “The trip was 45 days in total and just over 3,500 miles. Two weeks into my trip I decided I wanted to help children who aren’t as fortunate as me and who are unable to physically complete something like this. I am really fortunate and I take a lot for granted like walking and riding my bike, so I decided to raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children.”
Shriners Hospitals for Children provides care for children with orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate regardless of the families’ ability to pay. There are 22 locations throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.
“So far, we have raised over $3,502 for those children and I would love to raise more for them,” said Poole. He started a new goal of $5,000.
Poole discussed the hardest parts of his trip.
“The wind was so defeating. The wind was blowing 20 miles per hour and I had to keep going,” said Poole. “I was a little nervous at the beginning, I hadn’t really ridden on the road before this trip, so I was nervous with the cars. I only had a few close calls.”
He listed several reasons why this trip was exciting.
“It was pretty exciting being able to know I helped out the kids that are in need,” said Poole. “I met a lot of people on the way, bikers and people in the small towns I was going through. I saw a lot of places I had never seen before.
“The world we live in is so fast-paced,” said Poole. “Being out here really slowed things down. I got to see things from a different perspective and that was really awesome.”
By Chelsea Bray- Elle A. Design
How the Bill Butler Champaign Open Started
In 1982, Bill Butler combined his love of golf and his passion to help people to create the Bill Butler Champaign Open. Bill had realized that there was a gap in funding for people with disabilities, causing many to go without basic needs. The BBCO raises funds to assist these individuals, many of which live right here in our community.
The golf tournament is usually held annually in August, but this year the event had to be cancelled. The amazing people with BBCO and at Champaign Residential Services, Inc.(CRSI) don’t want that to stop you from supporting this mission that is still very much needed, maybe even more during these times. There are so many unknowns right now but not knowing if you will have your basic needs met should never be one of them.
For 2020, the organization has decided to have a Day of Giving on August 19th in place of the annual BBCO. The goal has not changed, and the focus is to raise funds to ensure the needs of those they serve are met. These funds go to people being served by CRSI, many here locally, and make a huge difference in our community. Every single dollar raised will make a positive impact on someone’s life!
How to Donate
CRSI has set up an easy-to-use form on their website where you can make a donation. You can visit their site to donate today! You can also send a check made payable to BBCO to the address below.
Attn Terri Thompson
P.O. Box 29
Urbana, Ohio 43078
Every dollar counts. Please help spread the word about the Day of Giving on August 19th and make this year a memorable one for the Bill Butler Champaign Open and everyone supported by the funds raised for CRSI. You can learn more on their site.