On May 30, 2009, Beta Omicron chapter member Cameron Moises was among a team of 31 men who cycled across the state of Florida on behalf of people with disabilities. The team of Pi Kappa Phis arrived at the steps of the Florida State Capitol Building in Tallahassee after two weeks and over 800 miles traveled.
Even more incredible than cycling through exhaustive heat and uncharacteristic rains was the team’s commitment to fundraising. The 2009 Gear Up Florida team raised over $90,000 on behalf of people with disabilities, ensuring that the amazing organizations that partner with Gear Up Florida can continue to do so.
The ride helps promote awareness of disabilities and the organization’s mission of focusing on a person’s abilities first. The team spreads a message of acceptance and understanding to communities in Florida through newspapers, radio and television, civic groups and community leaders, reaching millions of people annually.
After a full day of riding, the team stops for a friendship visit with a local group that supports people with disabilities. Common activities include: dancing, participating in a game of wheelchair basketball, performing puppet shows to educate children on the abilities of people with disabilities, and learning life lessons that will impact them for the rest of their lives.
Moises is the fifth person from Northwestern State University to participate in Gear Up Florida. He plans to ride again in 2010.