A recent Free State High School graduate plans to lead a cross-country bicycling trip later this year to raise money for low-cost housing.
Madeline Rake, 20, a junior at Brown University, is helping organize the trip through the group Bike & Build. The nine-week trip will begin in June in Providence, R.I., where Brown is located, and end in San Francisco.
One of the stops will be Lawrence, where Rake and a group of 29 fellow cyclists plan to work for three days building homes at the Comfort Neighborhood, a Habitat for Humanity development planned for north Lawrence. The group also plans to give the local Habitat chapter a $10,000 donation with money raised from the trip, Rake said.
Each rider must raise $4,000 to go on the trip. The group plans to ride about 75 miles per day and stay at churches, YMCAs and schools.
At each place they stay, the group will leave a $100 donation that will be earmarked as a gift for local affordable housing programs. The group also plans to build a home in Providence with the money raised.
Rake participated in a similar trip last year and is one of four leaders of this year's trip. She suggested the stop in Lawrence.
"It's my home. I wanted to bring people through," she said.