Bike ride raises money to help families in need
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- A local man biked 140 miles to raise funds for bikes for low-income families on Nov. 6.
Waking up to ride a bike from the steps of Capitol Hill all the way to Charlottesville was what Colin Gay had on his agenda for Sunday morning.
“Well, we had this idea a while ago. We are a hub zone-certified small business and our company is in the hub zone and I love riding my bike," Gay said. "And Community Bikes basically provides bikes for underserved adults and kids, and we thought what better thing to do than do something to raise money for Community Bikes.”
Gay found his own peace through a bike nearly eight years ago.
“I was like super overweight and I wanted to get into shape, so I started riding a bike and I was like 'Woah, I can ride a bike every day' so I said ‘I’ll ride a bike a 100 days in a row outside' and it was in November and so the eighth year anniversary is tomorrow so then after I got to 100 days I said well why don’t I do a thousand days consecutive outside 30 miles or more. Then I got to a thousand and I said why don’t I go to 10,000,” he said.
While he achieves his own personal goal, he wants to provide a bike to someone else. It may change their life, just as it did for him.
“To be on a bike is freedom, you know, whether it be freedom to go to work, or freedom just to have the wind in your face. And they say you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bike, and that’s pretty close,” Gay added.
There is a joint effort between Gay, GovSmart, and Community Bikes to provide new bikes to people this holiday season.
Within the first two days, they were able to raise $2,000. The link to donate will be open until Dec. 25.