Riding for a cause
For the past five years’Ride for Hope Bahamas’has been cycling in spring to raise massive amounts of money to aid in the fight against cancer in the country. This year will be no different.
The ride which will take place in Governors Harbour, Eleuthera, on April 9 will host hundreds of cyclists from around The Bahamas. The charitable-bike ride was co-founded by Steven Holowesko and is being sponsored by Odyssey Aviation Bahamas.
The day of the ride is described as a’great’one for the communities and families in Eleuthera by Holowesko. The picturesque route for the participants will include a two loop trek around Governors Harbour heading north over the infamous Glass Window Bridge and back. An elated Holowesko stated that not only will support tents be set-up along the route but members of the community will come out and cheer on the participants. Smaller cyclists will pedal one mile, to the ice cream stand with the remaining members in the field riding up to 100 miles.
“Odyssey Aviation Bahamas has been there for us since day one with financial assistance and credible logistical support,” said Holowesko.”It helped us grow from that little idea six years ago to probably one of the biggest fundraising events in The Bahamas. So we want to say thank you so much to Odyssey Aviation Bahamas for their incredible support and we are happy to announce that they are the presenting sponsors for 2011 Ride for Hope.”
Holowesko confirmed that the ride has grown throughout the years since the first one, which took place in 2005. The event is the brainchild of Holowesko and his sister. He said: ”My sister and I came up with the idea to have the ride in Eleuthera to raise money to help people in The Bahamas. Year one we though if we had 50 people show up and raised$50 thousand that we would be doing great. That year we had 150 people show up and we raised$150 thousand. In the five years since, we’ve had over 1,000 riders and raised$1.3 million for cancer programs in The Bahamas.”
President of Odyssey Aviation Bahamas, Steven Kelly is pleased to be partnering with’Ride for Hope Bahamas.’He said: ”We have been sponsors from it first started six years ago. This year they presented us with an opportunity to be what they are calling a’presenting sponsor’so we seized that opportunity, thought it was a great idea. It is a great charity, it is for cancer, that is a great thing for The Bahamas and it has been a wonderful organization to work with and we are really pleased to be a part of the program.”
Kelly said he will also take part in the event despite him nursing a bad shoulder.