I recently put this post up on my Facebook wall. I didn’t do it to #humblebrag, but I had this deep, inner “WOW” moment and had to word vomit the joy I was experiencing.
In 2012 I journeyed across the country on a bicycle. During the ride, our group was raising money for clean water in Kenya. Every time I wanted to give up I kept pedaling because I knew that someone in Kenya was suffering way more than me and all I had to do was turn my legs round and round and round.
I came back from that trip completely & utterly changed. I was so empowered to continue serving our friends who don’t get to go to school because they’re fetching water, so I started a bike ride. It was one of those … “it would be so cool if I could host a bike ride in Des Moines” … and (long story short), met some guys from The Move Project who loved the idea, wanted to partner and soon enough we were planning a summer bike ride in 2013.
Since May 11, 2013, The Water Ride has hosted four different rides, raising over $19,000. Three wells have been installed in Ghana and now funds are being raised to build a school. We are hosting The Water Ride on May 16 and my hope is that this becomes bigger and better every year. It’s kind of ridiculous, but I never sat and thought about this before. Putting your ideas out into this world is a beautiful and dangerous thing.