You Too Can Get ‘Three Kinds of Lost’ for WBR
It’s been a long winter for many in the U.S. and Spring is finally here--what better time to start planning a bike trip? Whether for competition or leisure, your cycling can change lives if you pedal those miles for the Power of Bicycles, just like these three grassroots WBR supporters did last Fall.
In October 2012, Milly, Paula, and Lin--three British feminist, education-loving, middle-aged, passionate cyclists--took on the famous trek from Lands End to John o’ Groats, a distance over 800 miles across the length of the United Kingdom. Having learned of WBR previous to their ride, they chose to support it with their miles and fundraising because of the focus on school and empowering young girls to get there.
As they rode across the beautiful English landscape, the reality of how a bicycle can change lives really set in. “We talked a fair bit on the trip - especially when we were knackered - about the fact that we were doing this for fun, and that we only had to pop into strangers' houses for water, unlike in southern Africa. That made us pedal with conviction and good grace!”
The three cyclists, deeming their trip "Three Kinds of Lost", cruised the length of England with WBR stickers on their bikes and gear and promo materials to pass out along the way, adding to their fundraising amount and spreading awareness about the need for life-changing transportation in Sub-Saharan Africa. As they pedaled and promoted, even strangers made contributions to the cause. Their collections on the road alone totaled over £100 (over $150 USD)! Add their online fundraising, and they raised over £1,350 ($2055 USD).
Whether you ride the length of your country, state or just your neighborhood, you can do it to empower people in need of two wheels to get to school, access health care, and more. Plan your trip this season by signing up to learn how to ride for the Power of Bicycles just like Milly, Paula, and Lin.