For the past three years, a group of awesome guys (we await our first female rider!) have brought our love of biking (which is also…quite awesome) together for a weekend of biking, laughter, a few beers, and friendship. We love riding together across the Commonwealth of Virginia (it’s a commonwealth, not a state – isn’t that awesome?) we call home. The “Journey of Awesomeness” is a 2-day, 200-mile trek from Charlottesville to Yorktown. Along the way, we push our bodies hard, have fun, drink beer, and raise money.
So, what’s with the money? Frankly, we’d do this ride in a heartbeat just to share the road with some awesome people and make memories, but we thought it would be awesome-r to use this journey and our joy in making it to make the lives of others more awesome. In a lowkey way, since 2015, we’ve raised nearly $200,000 for important causes. Today, the “Journey of Awesomeness” includes a group of 25 riders (low maintenance riders who don’t take things too seriously: click here to inquire about joining us) who ride hard for the glory of God and to benefit others. The fundraising requirement is $500 x the rider’s decade in life (i.e., $1000 for someone in his 20's).
The 2018 ride – taking place on June 16-17 – will benefit WorldServe International, one of the largest and most effective clean water providers in East Africa. Why water? Well, while we do drink a lot of beer during the “Journey of Awesomeness,” we’d not get very far without clean water to power us. This got us thinking a lot about the gift of water. We learned that today, 1 in 10 people lack access to safe water and 1 in 3 people lack access to a toilet. Each day, 2000 children under the age of five die from waterborne illness.
And though we’re (presently) a group of male riders, we learned that in the clean water crisis women and girls struggle the most. Beyond the rampant health and wellness challenges, they also bear the bulk of the responsibility for the collection of water for their families, walking for miles carrying water jugs which can weigh as much as 40 pounds. The effort leaves them exhausted and injured – with not much left for education, faith formation, or to elevate their families from suffering.
Why WorldServe? Because WorldServe Is Awesome
For nearly two decades, WorldServe has quietly and steadfastly attacked the water crisis through well projects undertaken in collaboration with faith-based, government, educational, and other organizations. Since their founding, WorldServe’s model, focused on the “long haul” and working with village leaders – including women –has successfully transformed countless large communities. With water as the foundation, community potential rapidly accelerates. WorldServe believes: Water Changes Everything.
What Will It Take?
The “Journey of Awesomeness” hopes to raise $100,000 to transform the lives of children and families living on the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba in Tanzania. More than 5,000 people in the arid region where our water project will be located will be served by this project. The water project that they need to live will be accompanied by the infrastructure, education, and training to sustain it, thus paving the way for education, health, economic development and faith formation.
The funds we raise will support:
- The cost of the drilling operations (rig and crew support)
- Construction of tank and pump house
- Solar energy
- Capacity for women’s micro-businesses (ex., a solar cellphone charging station)
We’re grateful for your support – for our team or to honor and support one of our totally awesome riders.