Ride with a Purpose
For those cyclists who love to ride, and are looking for more reasons to ride than just for their themselves, there are charitable organizations out there who would be more than willing to give them a reason to ride with a purpose. There are many charitable organizations these days that often try to combine walking, running or cycling with a way to aid in their fund-raising efforts. When it comes to cycling, this concept of bringing the the ride and a charity together can be a huge motivator and can turn the experience into a more altruistic endeavor that is driven by the desire to help others and to support the charitable cause while simultaneously helping to draw attention and awareness to it.
Charitable Cycling Events
Several of the charity rides scheduled in the Memphis area are:
Juvenile Diabetes Ride (June 28, 2014) is a 20, 40, or 60 mile ride to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
15th Annual Meritan Midnight Classic Bike Tour (August 23, 2014) is a ride to benefit Meritan (a nonprofit organization that provides services for seniors, specialized foster care for children, assistance for the visually impaired, & programs for the developmentally disabled).
FedEx Rock-n-Roll MS-150 (September 6 - 7, 2014) is a 2-day, 150 mile bike ride to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS).
St Jude Ride (September 19 - 20, 2014) is a 2-day, 24-hour, team-relay cycling event to benefit St Jude Children's Hospital & to fight against childhood cancer. Contact Lee Bobo for information or questions & register by 31 May for free training shirt.
Wings Ride (September - October 2014) is a 5-day, 500 mile ride to raise funds for the Wings Cancer Foundation.
Bluff City Blues 100 (October 11, 2014) is a ride benefitting the West Cancer Center.
Ride for Your Mind (October 11, 2014) is a ride to benefit traumatic brain injury services. It starts at 8:00 am & is sponsored by the Peddler Bike Shop in Germantown with 20, 42 & 62 mile routes.
Ride Randolph (November 2014) is a ride to benefit the Mississippi River Corridor, (a nonprofit whose mission is to identify, conserve & interpret the region’s natural, cultural & scenic resources to improve the quality of life & prosperity in West Tennessee).
Civitan's Tour de Collierville (April 2015) is a ride to benefit Civitan, which provides assistance to individuals with special needs.
The Rotary Ride for Families (April 2015) is an event (offering a 1.5 mile run, walk, or ride, or a 30 or 55 mile bike ride) to benefit The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, which tries to support & keep homeless families together.
Annual Rolling for Independence Ride (May 2015) is an event (offering a 2.5 mile family fun roll & a 20 mile bike ride) to benefit those with disabilities that helps integrate them into all aspects of community life.
Bark After Dark Bike Ride & Glow Bash (May 2015) is a ride that benefits the Humane Society of Memphis & Shelby County.
TourdeCure (May 2015) is a ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association.
Many of the charity bike rides are often one-day events that have rest stops & provide SAG (Support & Gear) vehicles for the riders. There are also often registration fees & minimum fundraising amounts that must be met on or before the day of the event. Those interested in participating in these events should make sure that they understand what will be required of them & sufficiently prepare for the ride, especially those that are long distance. Click here for more charity rides across the U.S.
While the rides can be fun and challenging, the biggest reward for participants might be what they are able to do for others who benefit from their involvement and fundraising efforts.
“It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
― Mother Teresa
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
―Winston S. Churchill
“You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.”
“Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ―Steve Maraboli
"It is in giving that we receive." ―Saint Francis of Assisi
"Ultimately, life is much more than what we acquire or what we are able to achieve for ourselves. The greatest rewards in life can often be simple acts of kindness or selfless acts of giving." ―Michael Lander