Derek Rust and Ben Hyink of Grand Haven along with Todd Stelma and Doug Crysler of Rockford, will ride their bicycles 250 miles in three days to raise funds and awareness of the non-profit Freedom In Motion. The ride will take place on June 20, 2013, leaving Rockford Michigan and ending 3 days later in Mackinaw City.
Freedom In Motion receives donated bicycles, returns them to safe working order, and distributes them according to the need in West Michigan. Whether it is a simple need for affordable transportation to and from work, a parent or guardian who cannot afford a bicycle for their child, someone who doesnʼt have a driverʼs license, etc., the need presents itself in a multitude of forms.
The ongoing need for parts and tools to repair bikes necessitates fundraising efforts. All four riders are currently collecting sponsors as one time donations or on a per mile basis.
“Some donʼt realize that bikes are more than toys for people who canʼt afford the expense of a vehicle” Stelma said. Rust adds, “Weʼve seen real people with real needs. The bikes we give out make sustainable reliable transportation possible for those who need to get to work, the store or a job interview”.
“The neat thing about this structure is that anyone can donate. A penny a mile is only two dollars and fifty cents. Unless we get lost, in which case it might be three bucks.” Crysler laughed.
Freedom In Motion operates solely with volunteers. Any cash donation is applied entirely to the mission. Also, because it is a federally recognized 501(c)3, EIN 45-4462830, all donations are tax deductible.
For more information, or to sponsor the ride, please call (616) 419-7795 or visit www.freedominmotion.org.