Just over a week ago, a team of twelve cyclists rode a charity ride in a concerted effort to raise funds for the children of ReACT Kenya. Under the leadership of Tim and Brenda Gordon, the team trained throughout the summer and sent the word out to friends, co-workers and family about sponsoring each rider. Saturday's ride of 50 miles (82 kms) was very wet and windy but Saturday's 25 mile ride was picture perfect. As a team, we are so encouraged not just because of the funds raised but also the real sense of community that surrounds this event in the last two years. This year, the number of riders grew as did the funds that were raised.
One of our goals was to raise $15,000 and to date, that number has come in at $15,467! Some of the organizers of this Centurion event are also connected to many other cycling events in Ontario and they commented that there are few teams that they are aware of that have raised this amount. We are incredibly grateful to our fellow riders and sponsors for the work they put into training for this ride and raising these funds. A very special thanks goes out to Tim and Brenda who have led this team and organized this event on behalf of ReACT. Their idea for this event and all the work invested into making this happen is changing not only the lives of the children of ReACT, but also ours as many are inspired by their vision.
To this cycling team "Chain ReACTion", we are humbled and grateful for all your efforts. To Tim, Brenda, Steve, Andrew, Shannon, Scott, Kathryn, Anna, Joseph, Kim, Phil and Ang we say thanks for this great season. A special thanks as well to Paolina Allan and Steve Fleck for your coaching and encouragement along the way. We are looking forward to September 2016 already!
Paolina Allan has been a constant encouragement and coach to many of us. Here she is with Tim, Joseph and Anna: Our C25 Team on a picture perfect day! Brenda, Scott and Kim... Joseph and Anna raced in the kids ride. Joseph place second overall and Anna was the first girl in. These are racers in the making!