Press release from Mercy Urgent Care:
(Asheville, N.C.) 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.
Supported by the Catherine McAuley Mercy Foundation, Mercy Urgent Care provides important humanitarian work locally in Western North Carolina through their Compassionate Care program — as well as internationally in Haiti since 2010 and the Philippines in 2013.
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.
Team Mercy works closely with the communities in which they serve to stay informed about the needs of its members. Other fundraising events are also held throughout the year, during which the public can provide financial support for purchasing medical equipment for facilities, supporting relief teams and caring for people in need.
Hike, June 9: Meet on Saturday at the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway at 10 a.m. for a five mile, moderate hike. There is no charge for the hike; participants are asked to raise or donate an amount that is personally significant. The hike will end with beautiful views from the Haw Creek Overlook. 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 NC, 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.
About Mercy Urgent Care: Mercy Urgent Care has served more than one million patients in the Asheville area since 1985. Providing high-quality, affordable, and convenient medical care for non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries, Mercy Urgent Care operates in five convenient locations throughout Western North Carolina: four locations in Asheville, one in Brevard, with a sixth location set to open in Burnsville this summer. The not-for-profit organization is a North Carolina Best Employer, a living-wage certified employer, and provides over 100 jobs to people in our community. For more information visit, www.mercyurgentcare.org, or contact Sharon Owen at 828-281-2598.