BENEFITING: Boston Cares, Inc.
On April 17th my bike was stolen from our backyard in Somerville. I've been carless since 2008 and my bike was more than just my transportation. I'm a single dad and it was really how I did everything, from getting into Boston for my son's cello rehearsals and concerts to going to my kids games and schools and it was how I brought food and shopping into the house. I'm also a photographer and it was how I explored and photographed New England, both for work and while doing my own art.
After a few days of being angry and looking for the bike everywhere I decided to turn my loss into something positive, to not let the thieves win, and do a ride for charity. I want to help people who really need it.
I've been connected to Boston's homeless community for a number of years, I have friends who have been in and out of homelessness and have been living on the street. I wanted to find an organization which serves Boston in particular and has a real impact on these social issues and have decided on Boston Cares.
I decided on biking to Montréal because my daughter Tremé is at school there and seeing her will make the journey extra special for me.
I'm excited for the road ahead and the vistas of Vermont and Québec - my route will take me more than 350 miles. My planned stops are Brattleboro/Rutland/Burlington/Montreal, and I’ve heard the area in Lake Champlain called Grand Isle is stunning. I'll be photoblogging my trip, taking pictures and posting artwork on the way on my Instagram page, at Instagram.com/michaelmanningphoto
If you're able to contribute, even a small amount, everything is appreciated.
For more information about Boston Cares, visit bostoncares.org - 365 days a year their volunteers are helping people who are homeless, including the Women's Lunch Place, Pine Street Inn, Woods-Mullen Shelter, numerous food banks and pantries, Rosie's Place, St. Francis House, Project Hope, and the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless. Volunteers serve meals, sort food, provide mentoring and tutoring around job and English skills, and even make beds for children transitioning out of homelessness.