Photo: Women Who Stand/Baltimore
Women Who Stand/Baltimore, a volunteer advocacy group of World Relief, launch a 5-day, 365-mile charity bike ride across Maryland next week that will raise funds to support educational programs for women and children affected by human trafficking and HIV/AIDS in Cambodia and Malawi.
The ride kicks off Sept. 18 in the mountains of Oakland, Frostburg, and Cumberland, continues across the northern part of the state, before reaching the Eastern Shore and Annapolis. The 13 participating women expect to finish with a 3 p.m. celebration at Fort McHenry in Baltimore on Sept. 22.
“Most people don’t know that human trafficking is on the rise in Cambodia—and in Malawi, there are over a million orphans and vulnerable children due to HIV/AIDS,” said Connie Fairchild, vice president of advancement for World Relief, in a press release announcing the event. “These riders want to change these devastating realities by raising funds that will help provide extensive training programs, education, and assistance to the many women and children negatively impacted by trafficking and HIV/AIDS.”
“Ride/365” is made possible with the financial support from corporate sponsors who have underwritten the ride so that 100 percent of the funds raised will go directly to World Relief’s programs in Cambodia and Malawi, according to the press release.