Ride for World Health
Celebrates Global Health Day
On May 8, Global Health Day 2015 –
organized annually by Ride for World
Health (R4WH) – represented the
highlight of a 3,300-mile cross-country
bicycle trek from Huntington Beach,
Calif., to Bethany Beach, Del.
“Ride for World Health – a nonprofit
founded in 2006 by OSU College
of Medicine students – embodies
the incredible passion for education,
dedication to advocacy, and altruistic
drive for fundraising that medical students
have,” says Med 4 student Hersh Varma,
who served as CEO, R4WH in 2015.
Varma explains that an essential
element of R4WH is the Coast-to-Coast
Lecture Series. Each medical student
participant prepares an age-appropriate
lecture, delivered in communities along
the route to elementary- to high-school-age students, as well as some university-level students. Varma, who plans a
residency in ophthalmology, talked to
students about basic eye health and
preventable visual impairments.
“Every rider seeks sponsorship,
with proceeds donated each year
to different beneficiaries providing
or supporting global health care.
This year we are proud to support
Empower & Advance and Remote Area
Medical, and are proud to have raised
approximately $30,000,” Varma says.
Melissa Mauntel, Med 3 student who will
serve as COO in 2016 and is responsible
for organizing Columbus-based events,
notes that principals from each beneficiary
organization are the invited keynote
speakers for Global Health Day.
“In addition to money raised by
the cross-country riders, there are
group fundraisers held throughout
the year and, of course, the local
Solidarity Ride, which is always the
day following Global Health Day.
Faculty and community members and
riders’ families join the cross-country
riders to show support and raise
additional monies,” she says. For more
information, visit r4wh.org.
R4WH 2015’s cross-country trek included 19
total riders, including medical students and
health professionals. (Photo by Mitch Ramsey)
Right: Ride4WH organizers, Melissa Mauntel
(left) and Hersh Varma (back) welcomed 2015
beneficiaries, Stan Brock (center), of Remote
Area Medical, and Ayesha Khan, MD, MPH,
(right) of Empower & Advance.
EMPOWER & ADVANCE increases regional healthcare capacity in Fort Liberte, Haiti, by providing
technology-based curriculum to train “community health workers” in providing basic healthcare services
REMOTE AREA MEDICAL delivers free, basic medical aid in the world’s most inaccessible regions,
including the Appalachian Distressed Corridor Region ( ramusa.org).