In a massive endeavor, the CEO of YMCA Bucks will be making a 37 mile journey, by foot, to raise awareness for how YMCA helps the Bucks community. Beginning at the Quakertown branch Thursday morning, YMCA President Zane Moore will take breaks at the Doylestown and Newtown YMCA’s before stopping in Fairless Hills Friday evening.

WBCB 1490 will be video streaming a special edition of UpWords with Chris Ermer Thursday night to showcase Moore’s arrival in Doylestown. The show begins at 4:30 p.m. on WBCB1490.com and on the WBCB News Facebook page, and ends at 6.

The 37.1 mile walk from Quakertown to Fairless Hills. Image via Google Maps. Click to enlarge.

The walk is Moore’s brainchild, who first thought up the idea in Nov. of 2017 to commemorate the merger of Lower Bucks and Central Bucks YMCA. He wanted to celebrate with something “silly,” and walked from Doylestown to Fairless Hills.

Now, all Bucks County YMCA’s are under the umbrella of YMCA Bucks. After people asked if he would do it again, Moore happily conceded.

“What’s going through my head is connecting with people,” Moore said. “I remember the first time I walked. Our biggest take away was the different demographics and landscape across Bucks County. When you walk through Doylestown and some of the bigger homes, and then through farms, and then get into Lower Bucks and see some of the smaller homes, you see the changing demographics and income.”

Moore also wants the public to know about the things YMCA Bucks for the community every day.

The Fairless Hills YMCA Branch. Photo by Wes Champlin.

“A lot of people look at ‘the Y’ as a health club, a place to swim, or a gym for a workout,” Moore said. “If you dig deeper, you’ll find we give away about $5.5 million per year in Bucks County for community benefit.”

The money largely comes in the form of financial assistance, to the tune of $2.5 million annually. Moore says they will never turn anyone away for inability to pay. In fact, the majority of children at YMCA camps and daycare programs receive financial help.

Additionally, the YMCA’s in Lower Bucks runs a hunger prevention program to feed 3,000 children each morning. YMCA Bucks also serves cancer survivors, veterans, and other valuable members of the community.

Anyone looking to contribute to ‘the Y’ can visit their website¬†www.ymcabucks.org. People can send in donations by clicking on the “Give Now” button. For people looking to get directly involved, YMCA Bucks also enlists thousands of volunteers and is one of the largest employers in the county.

The walk begins Thursday, May 9, and ends the next evening. Festivities begin Wednesday night at the Warminster branch with a big “carb load” dinner. The community is invited to each event and stop along the way.
A list of stopping points is available below:
  • Thursday 8:30 a.m. – Quakertown Send-Off Breakfast and Rally
    401 Fairview Avenue, Quakertown
  • Thursday 5 p.m. – Doylestown Arrival Outdoor BBQ and Rally
    2500 Lower State Road, Doylestown
  • Friday 2:30 p.m. – Newtown Rally and Refreshments
    190 S. Sycamore Street, Newtown
  • Friday 6 p.m. – Fairless Hills Arrival BBQ and Rally
    601 S. Oxford Valley Road, Fairless Hills