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EVENT: Sun, Sept. 14 – Ride4RealFood

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Ride4RealFood 2014 – Sunday, September 14th

We all need food. Unfortunately eating fresh, healthy and local food is not always affordable.

Ride4RealFood is about raising money for better food security in your city. Money raised supports better access to real food for low-income people.

It all happens through the Coop Cred Program – a partnership between West End Food Coop and PARC – a community agency in Parkdale working with members on mental health and poverty issues.

With Coop Cred, participants volunteer their labour to earn “Cred dollars” that go directly to buying their own fresh, local groceries.

Ride4RealFood is the only city-to-farm fundraising event! Sign up now to ride, raise money and spread the word.

 

Read More, Donate and/or Register: Ride4RealFood 2014 – Sunday, September 14th

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Help 500 Kindnesses Find A New Tandem To Buy For Their 2013 Ride

One of the nicest guys I know, Todd O’Reilly rides his bike really really far (and takes his son with him) to encourage people to do nice things for eachother.  They are looking for a new tandem bike for their next trip.  Here is a write-up from him about it:

In 2012, I (Todd O’Reilly) and my 13 year old son, Daegan, rode a tandem bicycle 1,500 kilometres from Toronto, Canada to Ottawa then over to Montreal and then down through Vermont to New York City. It was a charity ride – but no money changed hands. This is because the charity we were riding for was 500 Kindnesses (http://www.500kindnesses.com), a charity whose purpose is to raise pledges of acts of kindness. In the lead up to their trip, supporters pledged hundreds of different things including:

At the end of our 25 day journey, we donated our tandem bicycle to Achilles International in New York City where it is being used in a program that pairs up sighted riders with blind or visually-impaired athletes who can ride as stoker on the bike.

This year we are continuing the project and have raised 1,023 acts of kindness so far. We plan to ride again starting June 30. But we’re missing one important part. We’re looking for a new tandem bike to replace the one we donated. And we’d like your help. Tandem bicycles are not always easy to find, and come in differing sizes so not all of them will work for us – even the one we rode last summer would likely no longer fit Daegan who grew like a weed in the past year.

So here’s what we’re looking for:

  •  Sturdy multi-speed tandem bike suitable for touring. That means at least 3 braze-ons for water bottle cages, and the ability to install front and rear racks.
  • In good repair and of quality workmanship such that it is capable of doing 1,500-2,500 km with major failure unlikely.
  • Because some of the ride uses trails, being able to install 1.5″ tires is a huge plus
  • Daegan and I are both about 6 feet tall so both captain and stoker positions need to be large enough to accomodate us.
  • Ideally the bike would be close enough to Toronto that we could get a good test ride in and easily get it back home to Toronto.
  • All told, including any shipping (which we hopefully don’t have to deal with) we can spend about $2,500.

So we’re asking you to keep your eyes open for us. Do you have a tandem bicycle in your garage that you haven’t used in a while? Does your neighbour? Do you have a friend who has one? Put us in touch and we’ll be eternally grateful.

Thanks so much!

 

Read the original post: “Help 500 Kindnesses Find A New Tandem To Buy For Their 2013 Ride” on 500 Kindnesses .

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Riding 1,700 km for Kindness

Toronto Father and Son Undertake a 1,700 KM Tandem Bicycle Journey to Encourage KindnessIn a couple of weeks, a friend of BikingToronto is embarking on a 1,700 km bicycle trip with his son.

Instead of raising monetary funds for a cause, Todd and his son are riding to raise kindness.   They are encouraging people to do kind things for one another with the goal of collecting 500 Kindness Pledges.

Their press release is below.  I’ll be thinking of ways to do kind things for others the next 2 weeks to help Todd and his son reach their 500 Kindnesses goal.  Check out the Random Acts of Kindness website for ideas if you want to take part.

 

Toronto Father and Son Undertake a 1,700 KM Tandem Bicycle Journey to Encourage Kindness

On July 1, 41 year old Pharmaceutical Regulatory Compliance Consultant, Todd O’Reilly and his thirteen year old son will be leaving on a 1,700 kilometre journey from their home in Toronto, Ontario, what some believe to be the coldest and most selfish city in Canada to New York City, a city that shares this reputation in the US.  Having lived in one of those cities for many years, and having visited the other numerous times, they know that the reputation is completely undeserved.  So they’ll be setting out by tandem bicycle, a vehicle that lets us see the world at a human pace and interact with people as they go, to see this first hand.  Along the way they’ll be staying with strangers where they can (through couchsurfing.org), and camping or using hotels where they can’t.  To have the opportunity to meet more people along the way they’ve decided to take a less direct route.  This route will take them from Toronto to Montreal, through Vermont (where Todd grew up), then down to Boston, by Ferry to Provincetown, and finally onward to New York City.

Just as they believe that the cities’ reputations are undeserved, they believe that our culture’s reputation as being relentlessly selfish and uncaring is equally undeserved.  Looking only a little ways beyond the media they can see that this is true.  And furthermore, they think that most people have ideas that they often don’t act on, of how they can be even more kind than they already are.  This can be as small as thinking to one’s self “Wouldn’t it be nice to just buy a coffee for the person behind me in line at the cafe” to one of Todd’s larger intentions that he held for many years but only recently acted on: “Wouldn’t it be great to be an adult literacy tutor.”  Their hope in starting the 500 Kindnesses project is that they can encourage people to act on these ideas instead of just holding them in.  To be mindful of their good intentions and to act on them, if you will.  And so, they’ve set a target that they want to ‘raise’ 500 pledges of acts of kindness – of any size between now and when they leave in July.  So far the response has been very good and they’ve topped the 300 mark.  If you’d like more information, you can see the site at http://www.500kindnesses.com.

If you’d like more information on this project or to schedule an interview with Todd O’Reilly, he may be reached attodd@500kindnesses.com.

 

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