Here is what you saw on Good Day Alabama today:
Robert Montgomery is taking a 2,000-mile, cross-country bike tour in order to raise $100,000 in the name of the 4,000 children worldwide who die every day because they don't have clean water. The money raised will go to for Birmingham-based Neverthirst, a faith-based nonprofit that works through the local church to bring clean and living water to the poor in the developing world. The tour will be called the Waging War on Normal Bike Tour for Water, and is named after Robert's blog and web site WagingWarOnNormal.com, where he inspires people daily to overcome challenges to follow their own dreams, while improving the world around them.
Robert expects the tour to take one full month. It will be an interactive tour, as he will provide daily video journals, real-time location tracking. He will spread the word about Neverthirst to the people he meets along the way, and hopefully attract a social media following that will raise awareness of the plight of the people Neverthirst strives to help every day. Robert sets off on his tour on today at 9:00 a.m. from Birmingham's Railroad Park. Brandon Gossett, Director of Development for Neverthirst, joins us with Robert.
Neverthirst was founded in 2009 by three Birmingham natives. It has raised more than $5 million since 2009 and completed more than 1,400 water projects in Africa and Asia since 2009. It has helped more than 200,000 people. WAGING WAR ON NORMAL BIKE TOUR FOR WATER is a 2,000 miles - From Birmingham to Noxom, Montana. It will be a month-long ride and Robert's goal is to raise $100,000 for Neverthirst. Track Robert's ride and fundraising progress at www.wagingwaronnormal.com
After years of waiting, Pappas Restaurants Inc. is about to begin demolishing the former Ralph & Kacoo's on U.S. 280 for a new restaurant, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen.
Pappas representatives were in town this week to discuss with Alabama Department of Transportation officials keeping a stop light operatational on U.S. 280 near the restaurant, said John Lauriello, whose brokerage firm Southpace Properties Inc. represents Pappas.
For more on these and other business stories, visit www.birminghambusinessjournal.com.
JEH JEH LIVE
The Alabama Phoenix Festival is a family-friendly, multi-genre, fan convention featuring celebrity guests, authors, comic book writers and artists, vendors, and much more. There are activities for people of all ages. The 2013 event will be held on Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26, 2013. Money raised at this year's event benefits Children of Fallen Soldiers. Children of Fallen Soldiers is a non-profit organization devoted to meeting the needs of children who have lost a parent serving in the United States Armed Forces. Its motivation is for each child to know that the citizens of America recognize their loss and are committed to helping them achieve their highest potential in life. For more information on the Alabama Phoenix Festival, visit www.alabamaphoenixfestival.com.
Kelly Wall joins us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Mickey to a new animal. To learn more information about the animal or visit the zoo, go to birminghamzoo.com.
COMING TO THE STARDOME
Actor and comedian Aries Spears was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 3, 1975. A child comedic prodigy, Spears started doing his own routine when he was fourteen. His television debut was in Def Comedy Jam. He relocated to Los Angeles in 1992 and snagged a role on A Different World, which stars Tim Werner and Debbie Allen. His movie credits include Malcolm X, The Pest and Jerry Maguire. Spears became famous for his impersonation of black celebrities in the show MADtv.
MONDAY ON GOOD DAY ALABAMA
It's a Holiday! But Jeh Jeh will still be getting his weekly exercise in. As you fire up the grill and those side dishes, Nutritionist Beth Kitchin will talk about a very important topic - Salt.
She gives us the scoop on sodium. And a local Soldier, Paying it Forward. Here the story of Noah Galloway.