3000 Miles for UMCOR

Date Posted: 10/11/2012

On October 1, Charles Honess of Atlanta, Georgia, began a 3,058-mile bike ride across the United States to raise awareness and funds for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR).  When he rides through Cleveland, Texas on October 14, Reverend Bobbie Maltas will welcome him to First UMC Cleveland to share UMCOR’s purpose via a presentation with video.


Honess, a retired businessman, will depart from Florida to bike 60 -100 miles a day, traveling across eight states, until he reaches California. Until recently, he’d never even heard of UMCOR, a relief and development organization with projects and partners in more than 80 countries around the world, including the United States.


Honess got the idea to ride for UMCOR from a friend, Paul Sparks, a United Methodist, who will drive a support vehicle for him as he pedals across the country. From Sparks and others he learned that UMCOR (www.umcor.org) specializes in disaster preparedness and response, both in the United States and overseas.


UMCOR partners with local churches, communities, and NGOs to extend a helping hand after crisis to those who are most in need, regardless of religious or other affiliations. Over its 72-year history, UMCOR has responded to massive disasters, including, most recently, Hurricane Katrina on the U.S. Gulf Coast, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and last year’s deadly combination of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis in Japan.


Honess felt so inspired by what he learned of UMCOR’s work that he offered to make the cross-country bike ride to benefit the organization.