It was tough choosing a specific cause and hashtag to ride for. I am riding these kilometres inspired by a very close friend of mine, who lives in Brazil whose life was suddenly stopped in its tracks when an illness landed her in a wheelchair.
Having witnessed from very close the challenges she faces in a world that caters to the able (bodied), where being able to freely move about and participate in society isn't a given, is what motivated me to #ride4Disabilityrights .
Even though I am inspired by my friend who has a physical disability I also ride for those who live with mental disabilities. When you can't count on your body or mind, your freedom, wellbeing and quality of life are severely diminished.
To me cycling is very much an activity where physical and mental abilities synergize and give that fantastic rush of adrenaline, of happiness, exhiliration and feeling of freedom.
I will push through those 400 km (!) for all those who don't have this privilige and we count on you to help our team with your donations so we can support defenders who fight for the rights and possibilities of individuals with disabilities.
You can create your own personalized poster to draw attention to this fundraising page. After printing the poster you can hang it in a shop, a café window or a community bulletin board. Ask your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to help and also put up a poster in their home, school or work place. Most people are willing to help but be sure to ask permission first.