BENEFITING: Rising From Ashes Foundation
EVENT DATE: Aug 07, 2014
Update: We leave for France this Sunday and race in just over a week.
BUT, there is still more time to donate AND this work being done over there is restoring so much life in a place where death looked like it would win. It's truly beautiful and amazing so let's keep going.
Will you help us in these last days to support more of this work, and...
"...to give unto them beauty for ashes..."
A little over a month ago I watched a film that was truly inspiring.
In a nation torn apart by genocide, neighbors killing neighbors, families destroyed overnight and close to a million lives taken in just 100 days virtually wiping out an entire generation...
...hope is rising.
A few young Rwandan men who were just boys at the time of the genocide came together with the help of Tom Ritchey and Jock Boyer to create a cycling team that began to inspire a country. The image of Rwanda was changing, beauty was indeed rising from ashes and now these men have begun to inspire an entire continent and the rest of the world.
Rwanda is beginning to be known as an example of hope, determination and purpose.
My name is Brian and I have been blessed with the honor of riding for Team Rising From Ashes to help raise support for the incredible work being done in Rwanda and Africa to raise up young riders and breathe life back into their communities.
As a team of 8 we are riding the Trois Etapes to support Team Rwanda and the growth of cycling in Africa. More than that, we're supporting these men who have become ambassadors of peace to millions around the world. www.rfafoundation.org
The Trois Etapes is one of the toughest Pro/Am cycling events on Earth. Our team of seven riders and one Team Rwanda pro will climb three mountains on the Tour de France course in the French Pyrenees. http://troisetapes.org/
I'm asking for your support. My goal is to raise at least $50,000. This goes directly to support the Rising from Ashes Foundation as well as three specific programs (my expenses are not included in this amount):
1) The development of the first world class cycling training facility in Rwanda the "Africa Rising Cycling Center"
2) The launching of the Adrien Niyonshuti Cycling Academy which is developing the next generation of young cyclists in Rwanda
3) The showing of Rising from Ashes across Rwanda, creating a resulting forum for Team Rwanda Riders to speak to their own countrymen about the power of sport to bring people together.
Whatever you feel led to give - is an honor and a gift that will help leave a legacy that tranforms a nation and continent. It will fuel each mile of training and every painful pedal stroke up those mountains. My hope is to raise funds but also encouragement and emotional support.
Thank you for your friendship and support.
As Rafiki from Team Rwanda says - "Team is Team"