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August 14/14 18:04 pm - Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda in 5 Weeks (B.C.)


Posted by Editor on 08/14/14
 

With 5 weeks to go until the Wellspring Foundation's 5th Annual Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda (www.lake2lake.org) cyclists from around the lower mainland are preparing to ride 220km in the beautiful Okanagan/Shuswap area, while also raising funds for Wellspring's life-changing work in Rwandan schools (www.thewellspringfoundation.org).

The fully supported ride takes place on September 20-21, and stretches between Kalamalka Lake in Vernon and Eagle Bay on Shuswap Lake. There is still time for riders to register, either as an individual or as part of a team, and so we would greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word about this event!

One local woman is preparing to cycle 220km in support of The Wellspring Foundation's life-changing work in Rwandan schools . Surrey teacher Lisa Edwardson has been a passionate supporter of Wellspring since the organisation first began in 2004. Since then, Lisa has visited Rwanda twice, and cycled a total of eight times - six times from Seattle to Portland, and twice in the Okanagan - to raise funds for the development of quality education in Rwanda. When the first Lake2Lake Ride for Rwanda took place in 2010, right here in BC's beautiful Okanagan/Shuswap area, Lisa was excited to participate, and last year, when an injury prevented Lisa from riding, she returned as a volunteer to support and encourage other participants.
The reason for her commitment, Lisa shares, is simple: "I truly believe in what Wellspring is doing. I care about education, and giving children in Rwanda the opportunity to learn. As a teacher myself, I see the revolutionary impact that Wellspring is having on education in Rwanda, and I'm excited to have a part in this."

Encouraging others to join her on this year's ride, Lisa says: "Lake2Lake is an amazing weekend of biking and camaraderie, hosted by a fantastic organization. Every rider is well taken care of throughout the weekend, and it's a great getaway before fall sets in. The Okanagan is a beautiful area to ride in, and a lovely drive from the Lower Mainland. Come join us for the ride, and help make a difference in the lives of others!"

The Lake2Lake is a two-day fully supported ride from Vernon to Eagle Bay, in BC's Okanagan/Shuswap, and takes place on September 20-21. Riders are welcome to participate as individuals or as part of a team of four, and those who fundraise may be eligible for a free jersey or ride registration. In addition, volunteers and riders who fundraise a minimum of $1200 will be entered into a draw for a trip for two to Rwanda.

About The Wellspring Foundation:

Based in Kigali, Rwanda, with a support office in BC, The Wellspring Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to empowering Rwanda's next generation through quality education. Wellspring staff work alongside school leaders, teachers and parents in 48 Rwandan public schools, equipping them to create a vibrant learning environment in which over 70,000 children can thrive and fulfil their potential.

www.thewellspringfoundation.org

 

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