Eleven Baltimore women will leave Oakland, Md. Wednesday morning to begin a 365-mile fundraising bike ride to assist underprivileged women and families in Malawi and Cambodia.
The women bicyclists, who each raised between $2,000-$2,500, will finish at Fort McHenry Sunday after pedaling through Cumberland, Hagerstown, Westminster, Edgewood, the Eastern Shore and Annapolis. Part of a Baltimore-based advocacy group known as Women Who Stand, the ride supports the international relief and development organization World Relief, headquartered in Baltimore.
World Relief will direct the funds to purchase school books, school supplies and uniforms, as well as pay for secondary school grants in Malawi and Cambodia. The monies will also go towards the planting and care of nutrient and protein-rich Moringa trees in each country. The charity ride's Facebook page can be found here.
“As a team, we set a goal of $25,000 and we’ve reached that goal,” said Kris Bailey of Women Who Stand, noting that all the women participating are experienced cyclists. Bailey added that the cost of the ride has been underwritten by an anonymous project supporter — and therefore all the funds raised can go directly to World Relief’s efforts in Malawi and Cambodia.
Race Pace Bicycles is a sponsor of the event, providing a mechanic and supplies for support on the ride.
Founded more than six decades ago, World Relief serves the National Association of Evangelicals’ humanitarian efforts. Bailey added that World Relief does not discriminate in its humanitarian aid because of religion, serving Buddhists, for example, in Cambodia and Muslims in Indonesia.