Still Cycling Kids to Camp
It’s a new year and a new attempt to cycle my way across America to send kids to Camp Shalom in Maquoketa IA. On my first attempt and approximately 500 miles in, I was faced with making a very difficult decision of returning home and taking on this challenge again at a later time because of a knee injury and the outbreak of Covid hampering my journey.
On March 1st of 2021, I will be starting over again on my coast to coast Southern tier adventure, this time around I will be joined by another cyclist, Chris Bradshaw, who has also been eager to complete this journey for many years. I’m super excited to have Chris join me, as having a riding companion on this long of a journey can be super advantageous not only from a safety standpoint but also from a mental one, having someone to talk to and share the experience with every day will make this journey much more enjoyable. When I began this journey, my goal was to raise $25,000 to send 100 children to camp over the next several years, that commitment hasn’t changed and thanks to all my sponsors and people who have donated, I only have another $5,000 to reach that goal. If you would like to help provide an opportunity for a child to experience all that camp Shalom offers then please feel free to help me reach my goal by donating today.
I originally came to America from England in the summer of 1995 to work as a camp counselor. Since my days at camp I have continued to be involved with helping to bring out the best in youth by participating in programs such as the Quad City Morning Optimist Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Another passion of mine is cycling. I started cycling seriously in my late teens when I lived in England, and approximately five years ago I decided to take up cycling again with my wife. Together, we joined the Quad City bicycle club.
I have always wanted to do something special to benefit youth, so I will be cycling across America to raise funds to send underprivileged children to Camp Shalom Christian Camp, located in Maquoketa, IA, for a week of resident camp. Children will be selected from local Quad City youth organizations that the Optimist Club have been working with and supporting throughout the years. As a former camp counselor, I know what a positive impact resident camp can have on a child. Camp brings out the best in kids; it helps them identify their strengths and their weaknesses, teaches them to work together within a team environment and helps them grow as an individual, not to mention it creates wonderful memories that last a lifetime. It is my belief that every child should have the opportunity to experience camp regardless of their financial means.
My challenge will be to cycle 3,200 miles across the southern tier of the United States. I will begin in San Diego, CA and head East across a total of eight states to complete the ride in St. Augustine, FL. I will have no support vehicle as this will be a self-contained ride, which means I will be carrying all my gear on my bicycle. The journey is expected to take me approximately two months to complete. When the Quad City Morning Optimist Club heard about my endeavor, they were eager to get involved and be a part of the journey in some way, so they have committed to matching donations up to the amount of $9,000. I am so proud to be an Optimist Club member and for the positive impact they have on the lives of so many youths within our community.
My goal is to raise $25,000 to send 100 children to camp over the next several years. You should also know that I will be funding the entire ride myself so 100% of your donation will be going toward sponsoring a child to attend camp. I would like to thank you in advance for your contribution, together we can make a difference in the life of a child and in our community.