This July, my family has once again joined World Vision in Aspen to raise awareness and money for those living in extreme poverty.
The event is called Brake the Cycle
, as in the cycle of poverty, and specifically focuses on communities in rural Zambia that lack a source of clean water. The basic provision of clean water makes an incredible multi-generational difference in a community. A shocking number of people rely on water from stagnant pools of standing water resulting in chronic disease and malnutrition. As you might guess, the effects of disease are far reaching. A $15,000 well changes life and we have been able to witness the transformation first hand.
A bicycle also becomes a life changer for Zambians. Through Brake the Cycle, we have had the eye opening privilege of seeing how a bicycle can give a family an economic boost by getting product to a larger market or getting a child to school. Bikes also allow healthcare workers get to patients that might otherwise be too far away for help. To think a bike that we ride for pleasure and sport can change a life.
This year’s event was held July 13 with a 100k bike ride on Aspen’s most scenic and demanding roads. The day culminates with a celebration dinner complete with inspiration stories of life change. Our goal this year is $350,000 for clean water and bicycles. We are well on our way with $300,000 raised to date. Will you join? Photography credit: Craig Hoffman Photography
Photography credit: Craig Hoffman Photography