It takes a long time to travel 500 miles by car. Imagine what it will be by bicycle. For Dana Lindsay, it will be the ride of a lifetime.
Lindsay and her husband, Michael, decided earlier this year to challenge themselves to a 90-day healthy challenge. As a part of her personal goal to get healthier, Dana chose to participate in the Cycle North Carolina organization ride from the mountains to the coast.
“Michael and I promote a 90-day health challenge in our business through Body by Vi. I decided to challenge myself to get healthier and participate in this ride. It has a two-fold benefit. One is for me to get healthier and the second, and most important, is to help feed hungry children in our area,”she explained.
Dana will begin her ride in Brevard and then continue on to Lake Lure the first day followed by a trek to Shelby the second day. The ride will be held the week of Sept. 29 through Oct. 6. As Lindsay continues her ride, she will travel to Matthews, Rockingham, Lumberton, White Lake and end at Carolina Beach.
“We will be routed on back roads to keep us out of heavy traffic and we will not know the exact route until we register at the Brevard College,” shared Dana. “I have been working out and training for the ride for some time now, trying to build myself up for the long ride. This is the first time I have done anything like this, but I decided it would be a great way to get healthier and also help children.”
Dana has dedicated herself to eight weeks of rigorous training to prepare for the “Cycle North Carolina Mountains to Coast fall ride.
“With my purpose in mind, the right mindset and through God, I know I can do it,” she attested.
Lindsay is doing the ride as a fundraising event, as well as a personal challenge. In conjunction with ViSalus, a leader in health transformation with nutritional products, better known as The Body by Vi Challenge. The company has issued a challenge to communities across the country to help raise money to feed the more than 15 million poor American children facing immediate and life-long risks to health, growth and school achievement due to hunger. The challenge is for participants to choose a charity. Lindsay has chosen to give through the Second Harvest Food Bank which helps families in the Sampson County area.
“For every $24 I am able to raise to purchase Vi-Shape Nutritional Shakes for the children, ViSalus will match one-to-one. My goal is to raise enough money to purchase 30,000 meals, and with the matching gift from the company my total will be 60,000,” remarked Lindsay.
The $24 donation will provide 60 kid-sized shake meals for youth in need.
The Second Harvest Food Bank services the counties of Sampson, Bladen, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke and Robeson. Its mission is to feed the hungry by soliciting and judiciously distributing food and grocery products through a network of member nonprofit agencies, and educate the public about the nature of the solutions to the problems of domestic hunger. Their warehouse is in Fayetteville and they provide food and services to over 200 non-profit agencies. The are part of the Feeding America Network along with ViSalus.
A total of not more than 1,200 riders will take part in the ride from the mountains to the coast on the seven-day trip. People from all across the United States have already signed up to participate.
“As I have traveled around with Michael, we have seen how many children are out there that are hungry and I felt this ride would be a great way to help do something about it. It reminded me of the scripture passage found in Matthew 25:4 that reads, ‘Verily I say unto you, since you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me.’ I hope that I can do this and I know that through God’s help, may family and this community I will. Please assist me by donating,” requested Lindsay. “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you,” said Dana.
To learn more about Dana’s ride or to donate, visit www.cyclingouthunger.com.