540 Dollars Done and Done!
July 26, 2017
Hi Friends: I'm thrilled to be riding 54 miles for One Common Unity on October One, 2017. MY GOAL: I plan to bike the 18-mile loop three times (!!!) for a total of FIFTY-FOUR MILES. Will you ride with me or sponsor my ride? My goal is to raise $10/mile (that's $540) and to find 10 cyclists to bike with me (cyclists choose the length of the ride). All three of these goals (distance, funding, and riders) are stretches for me, and golly, I sure need your help to reach them! Find more about why I am so motivated below ---> MY STORY: I ride for peace because I've witnessed first-hand the trauma that surrounds gun violence and other forms of violence through my 10 years of work for peace with young people in Chicago, IL, Washington, DC and elsewhere. I know that creative peace and healing work transforms hearts, prevents harm, and sustains change. I specifically witnessed the healing power of the Fly By Light retreat when the organization I work for sent college-aged mentors and their high school mentees to Fly By Light to process and heal together after we lost an 18-year-old college-bound high school participant to gun violence in June of 2016. As I write this, in July 2017, the students who participated in Fly by Light continue to support one another and are committed to investing in peace in their local community. In fact, this summer a group of Fly By Light almuni are collaborating to offer public workshops to hone and showcase the creative talents of youth in their neighborhood, the same neighborhood in which their friend was killed. These seeds of transformation were planted and grown by the work of One Common Unity. You too can plant powerful seeds through sponsoring or participating in the 2017 Peace Ride. This Peace Ride is a fantastic way to celebrate the best parts of One Community Unity's joyful work to shape a more creative, fun, collaborative, and peaceful world. Please join me!