Often, I find myself thinking about how privileged I am just by birth. Both my parents are wonderful and caring human beings that provided me with an education and all the support I needed to pursue my dreams. I had the luck to grow alongside two siblings and share with them many childhood experiences. Although not rich, our socio-economical circumstances and the commitment of my parents enabled us to have a good and healthy exposure to the world. We all grew tolerant adults, not so attached to material things, and with a great passion for the outdoors.
In contrast, it breaks my heart to think that there are many children living on the street, and that many parents struggle to support their children. I can’t imagine the stress and trauma that a situation like this would bring to a family. Now, as a father of two, this resonates with me even more. Thus, my family and I are organizing this fundraiser to help homeless children and their families.
The fundraiser event will be based on a bike ride from Boston all the way to the limit with the NY state (~160 miles) that I will attempt. I am calling it The MAàNY Bike Ride for Homeless Children. Given that I am not the most avid cyclist, nor I have a super fancy bicycle, I will be splitting the mileage in three segments of ~50 miles/each. Boston to Worcester, Worcester to North Hampton, and North Hampton-NY (through Stockbridge).
To encourage participation on the fundraising, I will accept bets on the cumulative time to complete the whole length of the Massachusetts state, and the person coming closer to the actual time will win a gift card. Bets will have to be in before I start riding (3rd of July), and people must participate with a donation to be eligible to win the gift card.
Here is the link where you can place your bet:
Donations will benefit Horizons for Homeless Children (Horizons)! Horizons is an early education nonprofit providing care and opportunities for play to children ages 2 months – 6 years experiencing homelessness in the state of Massachusetts, and goals- and strengths-based mentoring for their families. Please check out their website for more info: http://horizonschildren.org/
Given that the fundraiser idea was received so enthusiastically by several people. I am opening the challenge to other riders. However, given the covid pandemic, I am organizing it to be a virtual ride. This way, riders can start the route in different days and complete the mileage whenever they want until the end of the event. I will kickstart the event on the 3rd of July, together with some riders that have already expressed interest. The event will run between the weekend of the 4th of July (starting, 3rd of July 2020) and Labor Day (7th of September 2020). I would encourage other riders to join this fundraiser (more info on how to do that soon), and get people to bet on their times and donate more money to the cause. So, tell your family, friends, and friends-of-friends because we need to get as MA-NY riders as possible.
Here is the link to the Facebook Event page, so that you can follow all updates:
Let’s help as many children as we can,