As a recreational cyclist and a member of a cycling club for the last ten years, I have heard about a lot of bike rides to raise money for charity. I have contributed to some, but I have never participated in one. Well, I have decided to do my first fund-raising bike ride. I have joined Team Doctors Without Borders for the 2015 Five Boro Bike Tour in New York City. I have made donations to Doctors Without Borders for several years, and I think they do very good work. They were on the ground in Africa early treating people infected with Ebola. They are doing trials of an Ebola vaccine in Guinea now, but they are also working all around world where epidemics, natural disasters, or war create need for medical care.
As far the bike riding part goes. The ride is the Five Boro Bike Tour in New York City on May 3, 2015. It is a 40 mile ride through all five boroughs of New York. Not everyone who does this ride raises money, but when I saw that Doctors Without Borders was sponsoring a team, I decided to join. I will get a couple perks. The fund raising riders get to start first, before the roads get crowded. I also get a Doctors Without Borders jersey.
At one time a 40 mile ride would be simple for me, but my conditioning is not as good as it was. I will need to do some training to be ready by early May.
I have started the fund raising with a $200 donation. If you would like to donate you can do so on my donations page.