Mercy Urgent Care is gearing up for its seventh annual Bike and Hike for Life fundraisers with Arts for Life and Sports Outreach. The events will start with the Hike for Life, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway on June 9. The fun and fundraising continue on September 29 with Bike for Life, a weeklong bike route that begins in Black Mountain. One hundred percent of the funds raised by Mercy Urgent Care’s Catherine McAuley Mercy Foundation will go to international medical relief efforts.
Proceeds from Bike and Hike for Life have helped provide medical care at 11 medical sites and 15 orphanages, supplying the facilities with food, medicines, medical equipment, shoes, clothing, diapers, hygiene kits, infant layettes, an emergency generator and other necessities. Healthcare workers from Mercy Urgent Care have also provided CPR, fire, laboratory and ultrasound trainings to empower community members with the knowledge and skills to continue caring for those in need.
Hike, June 9: Meet on Saturday, June 9 at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway at 10:00 a.m. The beautiful, five mile, moderate hike will extend to the Haw Creek Overlook and end back at the Folk Art Center. There is no charge for participation; participants are only asked to raise or donate an amount that is personally significant. To register, contact Sharon Owen at Sharon@mercyurgentcare.org or 828.779.9581.
Bike, September 29-October 6: The Bike for Life’s route will be across North Carolina, beginning in Black Mountain on Saturday, September 29 and finishing in Oak Island on October 6. The ride is part of the larger Cycle North Carolina Mountains to the Coast ride. Bike for Life cyclists need to register for the ride. Cyclists choose to grant any additional money they raise or donate among the participating charities: Mercy Urgent Care’s Catherine McAuley MERCY Foundation, Arts for Life, or Sports Outreach. To participate, go to cnc.ncsports.org.