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365-mile bicycle tour to Baltimore supports human-trafficking and AIDS relief

Race participants smiling
Race participants smiling
courtesy World Relief Organization and Women Who Stand

There are numerous ways to serve in Baltimore. Volunteer servitude does not necessarily begin in a soup kitchen nor end on a track. Perhaps, this will provide solace to those who are eager to assist yet find themselves unable to physically and/or mentally compete in benevolent fundraising events.

RIDE/365 Charity Bicycle Tour

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, ten courageous women will set off on a five-day, 365-mile bicycle trek through the mountains in Western Maryland, all sharing a pinnacle goal of saving the lives of numerous voiceless sisters (women) across the seas.

Presented by World Relief and Women Who Stand, RIDE/365 aims to offer educational programs and financial assistance to ameliorate the epidemics of human trafficking in Cambodia, Asia and HIV/AIDS in Malawi, Africa.

The bicycle race to raise humanitarian driven funds will originate in Oakland, MD. Supporters can welcome race participants home on September 21, 2014 in Baltimore, MD.

The following are day-by-day race details:

o Day 1 - Start in Oakland, stop in Cumberland, end at Rocky Gay in Flintstone, MD

o Day 2 - Go through Hancock, stop in Hagerstown, Catoctin Mtn State Park, ending in Westminster

o Day 3 - Westminster to Bel Air

o Day 4 - Bel Air, down the Eastern Shore of Maryland, ending in Queenstown

o Day 5 - Annapolis to Baltimore

According to a press release issued on August 28, 2014 by World Relief, forty percent of the population in both countries receiving aid (Cambodia and Malawi) survive on "less than a dollar a day”. Not surprising; yet, all the while heartbreaking, under such conditions the issues of human trafficking and HIV/AIDS mushroom.

One hundred percent of proceeds received are said to directly support the program efforts to assist victims of human trafficking in Cambodia, Asia and HIV/AIDS in Malawi, Africa. “We as a team are honored to be riding for the third year in a row and hope to make a difference in the lives of those facing overwhelming challenges.” said Kris Bailey, advocacy group member and ride organizer. [Press release, 8/28/14]

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