Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Mount Airy's Flight for Kids

Mount Airy Racing Pigeon Club, a 12 member club in the Piedmont section of North Carolina, recently assisted local Surry Sunrise Rotary Club in a fund raising project to benefit less fortunate kids in both the Mt. Airy city schools and the Surry County schools.  The project was named "Flight for Kids," and consisted of the Surry Sunrise Rotary selling 200 tickets, at $100 each, for participation in a pigeon race that would run 100 miles from the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The members in the Mt. Airy RPC that participated were Steve Norman, Larry Marshall and Bill Williams, all of whom have lofts in the city limits of Mt. Airy.  Other club members assisted in the shipping and race calculations.  The project was a great success and was featured in the Mt. Airy newspaper.  The event raised $16,000, which was split between the two school systems.  They used the money for their "Backpack Program" to benefit hungry children.  

This was the second time the project was conducted and a third "Flight for Kids" is already in the planning stages. This is a wonderful example of what pigeon flyers can do for their communities.  You can see their newspaper coverage here http://www.mtairynews.com/news/57822/rotary-donates-16k-to-schools.

Member Steve Norman commented about the event," It really is a lot of fun and good for both the community and our hobby.  All it takes is an active civic club in the racing club's area and they are off and running.  We are not the only club that does this.  There should be races all across the country.  Seeing people working to help others through a hobby or sport does work wonders to revive the spirit of the club."