By: Hailey Dady
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.
People ride for many different reasons. Some like the feel of the open road, others may ride for exercise, but for me I ride to make a difference. I have never really been much of a cyclist, but I ride with a cause and that motivates me to keep going, one pedal at a time. Those pedals have turned into a lifestyle and a way to carry the message of so many families suffering around the world.
Tomorrow will begin the 2013 Fuller Center Bicycle Adventure, which will start in Savannah, GA and end in Vancouver, BC. The journey ahead is great, with many challenges as well as times of trials. Even though I will not be able to join the ride this year, I will be joining the riders on the mission of spreading the word, raising funds and partnering with families in need through the Fuller Center for Housing in my own back yard as a virtual rider. As the riders make their way across the U.S. and into Canada I will be riding in the backroads of Georgia. I have pledged to ride 1,000 miles this summer in the mission to eliminate poverty housing worldwide.
It’s estimated by the U.N. that 1.6 billion people in the world live in substandard housing. This number just breaks my heart. I have done a fair amount of traveling around the world as well as in the United States and have seen families living in unthinkable conditions. The trials they face every single day areenough to weigh a person down and yet most of these families carry their heads high with joy and true happiness. I have had many days on the bike where I thought I couldn’t ride another mile or where the rain was falling so hard I couldn’t see much ahead, but when I think of the families who are living in these conditions day in and day out I gain the strength to keep going. It’s the people we are riding for who motivate us to keep going. To rise above the challenges we are faced with and to carry on strong.
One of my favorite quotes is from Helen Keller, “I cannot do everything, but I can do something.” Each of us have a part—whether that’s picking up your bike and riding, hosting the group along the route, sponsoring a rider financially, mailing a gift box to a drop box, sending an encouraging message to a rider or praying for the safety of the group as they make their way across. Each role is equally important and vital to the success and journey set before. Therefore I challenge each of you to join along in some way as together we embark on this 9-week adventure to truly make a difference in the lives of families around the world.