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BAD Ride - Bikers Against Despair.
2017 Marks the 20th Anniversary of BAD Ride, and my 7th consecutive year participating.
Every year the support I receive while raising funds for this cause becomes more immense, And I am grateful for everyone who takes the time to talk to me about it, as well as for every person who contributes to this overlooked and underfunded cause.
I'm still overwhelmed that I took home the grand prize of the 2016 Fat Boy (in my picture) in the grand prize raffle. I guess it was some good karma, for the unwavering dedicatiin and support I give this charity year after year. And thank you to everyone who contributed who helped me get the raffle ticket that won this wonderful bike!
Now onto the cause:
Life can be tough, waking and facing hurdles day after day, no matter how hard things get, I have always said, no matter how far down you go, there is only one other way to go from there, and that is up.
If you are having problems, no matter how dark and dismal things may seem, there are people out there who will listen. If you cannot talk to Family or Friends, there are support systems like Distress Centres out there, where you can talk to someone to help you through the rough patch you could be experiencing.
I post about BAD Ride maybe 20 times over four months each year, and have posted links to distress centre on peoples facebook walls and in private messages when I see it seems someone is making a cry for help. Don't be afraid to ask for help, someone will step to the plate when you need it.
For me, riding is therapeutic, hitting the open road, only dealing with obstacles that are on your ride, not obstacles that may trap your mind. Not everybody has that freedom, so once I year I choose to ride to help those who may be in need.
Please join me once again this year supporting and fundraising for BAD ride by supporting with a donation to help fund raise so distress centres may continue to be there for those who need it.
I'm riding to make a difference, I'm riding to answer the call.
Distress Centres may be the community’s lifeline, but the B.A.D. Ride is Distress Centres’ lifeline.