Amidst a 2,300-mile East Coast bike run promoting co-ops, CUNA’s Little Guy mascot is making a comeback in North Carolina.
In this case, veteran cyclists – some 10 credit union executives who once wore the Little Guy mascot on biking gear – are getting in shape for another one of their arduous cross-state jaunts to raise funds for charity.
“Team Little Guy will be riding 366 miles across eastern and central North Carolina from May 29 to June 3 to raise funds for two children’s hospitals in the Carolinas,” the North Carolina Credit Union League said in announcements posted on its website this week.
Funds raised from sponsorships will go to the Levine Children’s Hospital Rooftop Garden Renovation project promoted by CUNA as part of its charity drive in connection with this summer’s GOP and Democratic conventions in Tampa, Fla., and Charlotte, N.C., respectively.
Meanwhile, the Vermont-based Cabot Creamery Cooperative said it is hopeful credit unions all along the Eastern Seaboard will take part in its 2012 Community Tour, a series of bike runs and walks starting in Miami this Saturday and ending in Portland, Maine, on July 7.
Along the way, co-op leaders will take part in a series of community fairs, family events and fund-raising celebrations honoring volunteerism and the co-op movement.
The North Carolina league said its bike run has become part of the 2012 Community Tour . During the North Carolina stretch of the ride, the team will participate in the Co-op-A-Fair in Durham on June 2.
“Right now, the team needs credit unions to step up and commit corporate donations to the ride,” the league said in its announcement. “We encourage credit unions to raise funds in branches through the summer.”
The league said the actual Team Little Guy ride will start in the seaside Brunswick County town of Shallotte, winding its way north and west to the Virginia border town of Clarksville.
A spokesman for Cabot Creamery Cooperative said CUNA, a national sponsor of the tour, is helping organize stopover events over the summer in conjunction with state leagues.
Other North Carolina partners include Self Help CU, Generations Community CU and Local Government FCU.