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Press Release: UMass Dartmouth alum and Dartmouth native named CNN Hero


UMass Dartmouth alum and Dartmouth native named CNN Hero

Founder of Pedals for Progress has helped more than 100,000 third world families by providing basic transportation

Author:  John Hoey
Date:  July 24, 2008
Department:   News & Public Information
Pedals for Progress Founder David Schweidenback, a 1976 graduate of UMass Dartmouth and a Dartmouth native, will be featured as a CNN Hero during the cable network's American Morning, Headline News, and CNN International show on Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26.

Since 1991 under Schweidenback's leadership, P4P has rescued more than 115,000 bikes, 1,000 sewing machines, and $11 million in spare parts from overburdened U.S. landfills, and shipped them to poor people in 32 countries in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. More than 116,000 poor families are living better lives because they have the simple mobility of a bike - to get to a job, to attend school, to receive medical attention. P4P's work with overseas partners to maintain the bikes has helped develop local economies in some of the poorest countries around the globe.

CNN is recognizing the important contribution that Schweidenback and P4P have made in the last 17 years - to communities and families in developing countries and to the environment in the U.S. and around the globe. Click on the CNN Heroes at www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2008/cnn.heroes/ to learn more about the recognition.

P4P was featured in the spring, 2005 edition of the UMass Dartmouth magazine. For that story visit, www.umassd.edu/publicaffairs/magazine/pdfs/spring05.pdf.

The full schedule of the P4P spot on CNN is as follows:

CNN USA
7/25 Friday 8 - 9A, 11A-12P
7/26 Saturday 11A -12P, 5-6P

Headline News
7/25 Friday 7:30A - 8A, 2:30-3P, 5-6P

CNN International
7/25 Friday 2A, 7A, 12P, 8P
 

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