They've ridden, they've raged and they've lived to tell about it.
The Rainforest Rescue Coalition, an environmental nonprofit started by OPRF alumni Adam Bauer-Goulden, Marykate Sperduto, William Heineke and Ross Sullivan, recently completed their "Ride for the Rainforest," a 325-mile bike ride from Wisconsin to Oak Park.
When the grueling, eight-day ride wrapped up, they were welcomed home with the "Rager for the Rainforest" party.
The group aimed to raise $25,000, through the ride, party and a rummage sale. They're about $1,000 short and accepting more donations to help them get to the goal.
The proceeds will be split down the middle into two separate rainforest causes: 50 percent will go toward the purchase of land in the Rawa Kuno Legacy Forest, an endangered area on the island of Borneo; the other 50 percent will fund a "sustainable agroforestry program for the native communities living in the buffer zone of the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo communal forest reserve in the Peruvian Amazon."
Bauer-Golden and Heineke recently paid a visit to WBEZ to talk about their efforts. Have a listen.