What is Ride for World Health?
R4WH is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation which utilizes a 3,300 mile cross-country bike ride as a vehicle for change. Our team of national riders is composed of passionate citizens from across the country who are engaged in health sciences, health advocacy and community service. Each spring, we provide education via our coast-to-coast lecture series to approximately 50 venues in towns across the United States. All the while, our efforts raise significant funds for our yearly beneficiaries.
How do I contact Ride for World Health?
You can contact our leadership team at Courtney.Tipton@r4wh.org or Rachel.Damico@r4wh.org
How is the yearly beneficiary chosen?
Each year, the beneficiary is chosen by careful research and selection of the planning team. The team then votes on which causes they feel most confident about supporting.For 2018, R4WH has selected Pure Water Access Projectand The Ohio State University Greif Neonatal Survival Program as its beneficiaries. If you know an organization which may be interested in becoming a beneficiary, please email us.
Why does the ride take place in March, April, and May?
The Ride for World Health was founded by a group of fourth year medical students who have the months of March, April and May off from their clinical rotations. Currently, the ride is continuing to be held at this time as there are still a significant number of medical students involved.
Can I get educational credit for the ride from my medical school or other program?
Yes, you can potentially receive educational credit for participating in The Ride. The Ohio State University College of Medicine, the institution through which Ride for World Health was founded, has supportive deans who will help facilitate the acquisition of credit through your home institution.
How can I talk with other riders about their experiences?
Just drop us an email! Please try to make questions specific so that we can direct you to the appropriate person. We would appreciate hearing from you!
I am interested in becoming a rider. Is there a fundraising goal?
Great to hear that you’re interested! Yes, rider fundraising is one of the ways by which we are able to offer significant support to our beneficiaries. In order to be as fair as possible, we set a goal of a dollar for each mile that a rider participates. R4WH has an entire set of fundraising documents and guidelines to help make sure you have the assistance you need!
What fitness level is required to ride?
Our riders this year vary from experienced athletes to casual bikers. This ride will be challenging for everyone, but that’s part of the fun. The western portion of the ride is most challenging, due to the altitude and elevations; however, once past that, we’ve been told it’s smooth sailing!
What is Ride for World Health’s Employer Identification Number (EIN)?
Ride for World Health’s Employer Identification Number (EIN) is 20-2189384. This may come in handy if you are interested in corporate donation matching.
What is a solidarity ride, and can I organize one myself?
A solidarity ride is a community-organized bike ride which will join up with the R4WH along a specific segment of the route. Often times, we involve local cycling clubs, schools and just about anyone who wants to hop on a bike for a good cause! Do not hesitate to contact us and we will be able to assist you in setting up a ride!