First Source Federal Credit Union is a proud supporter and Luminary Sponsor for The Ride For Missing Children. We’d like to share some of the thoughts from our team members, whether they are first time riders or veterans, about what this event means to them.
What does this 100 mile Ride mean to you?
When I was first asked to participate in the ride, I wanted to immediately say yes but was still hesitant because I didn’t have a road bike nor did I think I could accomplish riding 94 miles!!! After very encouraging words from the First Source Riders in 2010, I was hooked and filled with excitement. Attending the pre-ride monthly meetings can be emotional yet so inspiring and uplifting. You realize how your efforts in fund-raising for this cause really pay off when you hear that a child has been recovered and it was because someone spotted a missing child poster. I am a mother of two beautiful children and could not imagine my life without them. I want to keep them safe and make other children’s lives safer. One of my favorite poems is the following: A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a CHILD.” This sums it up perfectly, I want to make a difference.
As a first time rider, what words describe how you are feeling about the big day?
I am really looking forward to the ride…..the words I would use to describe my feelings would be: Inspired, Nervous, Proud, Excited and Emotional. From what I hear, the children at the school stops are filled with energy and very excited to see all of the riders…this is what’s going to keep me going until the finish line.
How are you doing on the training rides?
I attended my first training ride this past weekend and completed 15.5 of the 18 miles. I did fall and got a little banged up but once I got myself back together, I got back on my bike and continued the ride to the end. I was feeling embarrassed but everyone kept encouraging me along the way and shepherds were riding alongside me to guide me with my shifting, etc. The more I ride, the more comfortable I feel and am looking forward to the upcoming practice rides.