A Ride Without Borders II

A Ride Without Borders:
Vidas de Esperanza’s International Bike Ride
Begins Monday, August 1, 2011

Vidas de Esperanza believes that it is the right of all human beings to have access to healthcare and to receive basic education about their health. In Mexico, as in most developing countries, millions of children die each year from illnesses that can be treated with simple and inexpensive medicines. In addition, children and their parents often lack even the most basic knowledge of simple things they can do to lead a healthy life. A fundamental problem in Mexico is that a large portion of the population lives far from any clinic or hospital.

For many years, Vidas de Esperanza has been working on these issues on a micro level. Now we are seeking to broaden our reach by building clinics in rural areas of Mexico, in order to bring healthcare directly to many of Mexico’s poorest citizens. This project will be possible only with increased donations. We would love to be able to count you and your organization as one of our many donors, united with the common goal of providing all people access to adequate healthcare.

Please take the next few minutes to read about this event and I guarantee that you will find that you or your company, group or club have the opportunity to lend a hand to a cause worthy of your trust, time and money.  In 2009, we rode from Greensboro to Ixmiquilpan in 22 days.  The event was wildly successful, as we raised thousands of dollars and received positive attention from communities in the United States and Mexico.  This time, we hope to complete the ride in 18 days.  Why, you might ask?  Because riding a bike for thousands of miles to Mexico in 18 days is harder than doing it in 22 days.  We have accepted the challenge.  Will you?  Please support our efforts through financial contributions, following our blog and spreading the word about Vidas!

Vidas seeks to raise $60,000 in order to expand upon our clinic in Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo, Mexico to provide more consistent and comprehensive healthcare to the community. We plan to raise these funds, as well as increase awareness of the needs of Ixmiquilpan’s people, through a 2300-mile bike ride. Vidas president Ascary Arias will ride from Pittsboro, North Carolina, all the way to the clinic site in Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo, Mexico.

Through this ride, we intend to prove that the ability and willingness to push the limits of human potential for the greater good is of utmost importance. As we strive to improve the health of children in need, what better way to do it than through a demonstration of physical wellness?

We hope that Ascary’s bike ride to his hometown (where Vidas has been working since 2005 and has helped more than 8,000 people) will raise awareness of health issues around the world and inspire people to get involved. We aim to generate media attention throughout the trip, thus allowing our organization to increase its network of help, as well as our incoming donations.

We want to encourage children and adults in the United States and Mexico to get on their bikes and ride toward a healthy life and their dreams!

None of this can be achieved without your support. This is an event that, if successful, will better Vidas’s profile as well as raise resources for the clinic project. However, Vidas needs initial funds to put this event in place and make it a success.

Since our last ride, we have strengthened a relationship with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Hospitals.  UNC generously sponsors physicians to travel on our medical trips to Ixmiquilpan every three months under the leadership of Dr. Steven Kizer.  Now that we have plenty of physicians to staff our clinics, we need your financial support to pay for medicines and help expand our clinic! We are seeking your help to make this exciting event possible and bring medical care to the people of Mexico.