Meet the Virtual Riders

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If you would like to get involved with this great event but can’t join the actual ride, consider signing up as a virtual rider!  Learn how to become a Bike Adventure Virtual Rider.

2013 Bike Adventure Virtual Riders

Hailey Dady
Marth Spiva


Hailey Dady, 28
Returning 2011 & 2012 Fuller Center Cyclist
Americus, GA
Fundraising Goal: $4,000 -Global Builders
Go to Hailey’s fundraising page!

Hailey is one our our Virtual Riders!  She’s pledged to ride 1,000 miles this summer in support of the Fuller Center Global Builders program.

Everyday 1.6 billion people in the world go to sleep in some kind of substandard housing. 100 million of those are completely homeless. Can you imagine raising your family in a structure made of sticks and mud, or in a cardboard box? Well this is what over a billion people are facing daily. Each day these families are exposed to the elements never knowing if their makeshift home will stand another day. The need is great and sometimes seems overwhelming but by coming together little by little big things are happening.

This year I won’t be able to physically join the Fuller Center Bicycle but I will be joining as a virtual rider. In order to spread the word of affordable housing I will be taking part in another great event call Cover Indiana. Through this event and local rides I pledge to cover 1000 miles by bicycle.

I will be riding on behalf of the Fuller Center Global Builders program. Global Builders is a program, which allows individuals or groups like you to be apart of a movement. It is a movement, which brings people and resources together to make a difference. Last year we had 514 individuals join 40 trips to 7 different projects across the world. The Global Builders teams and donors were able to help fund and build over 140 homes for families in need. So far this year we have 45 trips scheduled and many more families in need of a simple, decent, and affordable place to call home.

My goal is to raise $4 per mile for a total of $4,000 which is impossible without your help.  So please consider joining me and donating today.  Together little things can become BIG differences.
 

 



Martha Spiva, 43
Boise, Idaho
Fundraising Goal: $750 – Silver Valley, Idaho
Go to Martha’s Personal Page!

Martha is one our our Virtual Riders!  She’ll be riding 400 miles in her home state of Idaho this spring.


Hi!  I’m Martha.  All of my life has been centered around being of service. Even my paying jobs have been in the service industry. It is my calling to help make this world a better place, even if it as simple as sharing a smile with a stranger.  All of my life I have felt the call to go on a "mission trip" of sorts.  I had the opportunity to go to Belize right out of high school, but I chose to go to school instead.  Then I got married at 19 and had babies right away and it was never the "responsible thing to do". I thought that in order to go on a mission trip, I would have to leave my family for months on end.  Now my children are older, and thanks to my friend Kurt, I found the Fuller Center and the opportunity to do what I have been called to do all of my life.  Instead of being gone for months on end, I only need to be gone a little over a week, and my family can handle that.

So why THIS trip and why NOW?  A project I was working on came to an end.  I am very project/goal oriented and I started feeling this call to BE more and DO more.  I felt the "call to adventure" (as Joseph Campbell would say when he describes the Hero’s Journey.)  I felt the pull so I sat still and listened.  I knew that I was being called but I didn’t know what I was being called to just yet.  I watched my friend Kurt do the Summer 2012 Bike Adventure and knew that this is where I was being called in some way, but I was still uncertain, until the 2013 Bike Adventure schedule came out.  The Spring Ride was PERFECT.  I KNEW this is where I was meant to be and where I was being called.  One conversation with my husband, and it was cleared!

The longest bike ride I have ever taken is 26 miles and I don’t even know how to fix a flat on my bike, YET!  I have some learning to do and some preparation to get done.  I have lots of training to do. And I am excited for this challenge.  Last year, I focused on running marathons and the lessons I learned while training for those are amazing. I’m looking forward to the lessons I learn about myself and the world around me on this next adventure. I’m looking forward to meeting new friends.  I’m looking forward to making a difference!


 

2011 Bike Adventure Virtual Riders

Abby Ayers
Beth Cousineau
Dianne Fuller
Faith Fuller
Lauren Stuart
Mary Troyer
Phyllis Carlson
Scott Umstattd
Tommy Whatley
Mark Galey
Peto Fallas


 

Abby Ayers
Stow, Ohio
Fundraising Goal: $500 – Where Most Needed
Miles pledging to ride: As many as I can!

I rode two weeks with the Fuller Center Bike Adventure last year and was hooked! Helping plan a section of the ride this year but unable to participate. Hoping to be back in the saddle next summer. I’ll be riding when I can and keeping the group in my prayers!
 


 

Dianne Fuller
Macon, GA
Fundraising Goal: $5,000 – FCH of Macon, GA
Miles pledging to ride: 250
Go to Dianne’s fundraising page!

The passion I saw when I hosted the riders in Macon, Georgia last year truly moved me and inspired me to try and get involved with the 2011 Bike Adventure. I would love to join them and travel the country but family duties and work responsibilities require my attention and presence in Macon. So other than donating funds, how can I participate?

VIRTUALLY! I have committed to cycle in my neighborhood or on a stationary each day of the Bike Adventure. I have pledged to cycle 5 miles per day and to raise $5000 to use in Macon to replace roofs, repair rotten floors and build handicapped accessible ramps. Macon has hundreds and hundreds of leaky roofs, rotten floors, not to mention boarded up houses. Comparatively, it’s a very little gift to offer to Macon. But it is a gift I can give and the passion to see people live productive, healthy lives in good, decent and affordable homes in Macon neighborhoods will help my tired muscles and mental fatigue while cycling.


Scott Umstattd
Americus, GA
Fundraising Goal: $1500 – Where Most Needed
Miles pledging to ride: 100
Go to Scott’s fundraising page!

This year I have the unexpected pleasure of following the Bike Adventure across the country to document it and to help raise awareness for the ride and the need to address poverty housing in the United States. I will not be riding a bike, rather I will be riding in the support van taking pictures and video along the way.

My goal is to ride a bike for a hundred miles this summer. I’m relying on our official Bike Adventure riders getting tired at some point. It’s there and then when I can accumulate my actual riding miles. "Oh, your foot is blistered from riding your bike for the past 1,000 miles? Why don’t you sit in the van. I’ll ride your bike for a while." Enough of those conversations and I’ll get my 100 miles. Although, I should say that I won’t be wishing blisters onto peoples’ feet. But at some point, the riders will have to get tired or in someway slightly broken. I’ll be ready.


Mary Troyer
Shickley, NE
 

Phyllis Carlson
Hooper, NE
 


Faith Fuller
Americus, GA
Fundraising Goal: $25,000 – Where Most Needed
Miles pledging to ride: 100
Go to Faith’s fundraising page!

I’ve been involved in this work pretty much my whole life! My parents are Millard and Linda Fuller, founders of The Fuller Center and Habitat for Humanity. I am DEFINITELY in support of this ride. And this year’s Bike Adventure is particularly exciting as we’ve got the most riders ever in the history of the event signed up.

Although I am unable to join the actual ride, I am pledging to ride at least 100 miles as a virtual participant. The Bike Adventure is a huge deal for the Fuller Center as the money raised during this event helps build thousands of home worldwide for families who at this very moment are living in deplorable conditions such as those in Haiti living in the tent camps. Please support my fundraising efforts for this important cause or join in as a virtual participant yourself!

 
 


 
Tommy Whatley
Fundraising goal: $1,000 – Tornado recovery in McDonald Chapel
Miles pledging to ride: 500
Go to Tommy’s Fundraising Page!

On April 27, 2011, a home that I owned was destroyed in the EF4 Tornado that hit Alabama. Fortunately, the occupants in the home survived but lost all of their belongings. Many homes in this small, hard-working community have been destroyed. This was an investment property for me and I never took the time to get to know the people or neighborhood. After attending a meeting with the local residents I gained new insight on the destruction and help that is needed within this small and forgotten community. I know The Fuller Center for Housing is working hard in this area and plan to donate my property in hopes of seeing new affordable homes built along these streets.


 

Mark Galey
Atlanta, Ga.
Fundraising goal: $100 – Where Most Needed
Miles pledging to ride: 100

I’m Mark Galey, volunteer with The Fuller Center. I wanted to support the riders by riding with them, I think this is the coolest thing to be able to ride with them from afar!!

 


Peto Fallas
McDonough, Ga.
Fundraising goal: $500
Miles pledging to ride: 500
 
Love riding and love helping.

 

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