Cycle for Schools

Cycle for Schools

Patrick Cook-Deegan

1.28.2007

Patrick Cook-Deegan

Patrick Cook-Deegan is a senior at Brown University a founder of Cycle for Schools, a nonprofit organization that encourages public service through adventure. In January 2006, Cook-Deegan biked more than 2,800 miles through Laos, Cambodia and Burma, raising more than $22,500, enough money for a school in Laos and two K-12 scholarships for girls in Cambodia. He has founded two more non-profits: Transform Abroad, which sends low-income high school students abroad to volunteer in a developing countries during the summer and Green Voyage, which aims to personalize climate change by telling the stories of those affected by global warming. Cook-Deegan currently serves as the Northeast regional director for the U.S. Campaign for Burma.

Patrick Cook-Deegan, a senior at Brown University and founder of Cycle for Schools, discusses his journey 2,800-mile cycling trip to raise money to build a primary school and library through the nonprofit organization Room to Read. Cook-Deegan discusses how, in the summer of 2005, he traveled around the world, culminating with a semester abroad at the University of Bogazici in Istanbul, Turkey. He says he created Cycle for Schools in the summer of 2006 with the goal of bicycling the length of Laos (about 900 miles) to raise money to build a primary school and library through the nonprofit organization Room to Read. By the end of summer 2006, the total distance he traveled tripled and he added two countries to his journey, raising more than $22,500, enough money for a school in Laos and two K-12 scholarships for girls in Cambodia.