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Women Who Stand to Bike 365 miles to Support World Relief Programs

Sep 18, 2012 08:17PM ● By Anonymous

"I speak for all members of Women Who STAND/Baltimore when I say that we believe that five long days and 365 grueling miles on a bike is worth the pain in order to raise awareness of and provide funds to the hardworking, poverty-stricken women in Cambodia and Malawi," said Kris Bailey, advocacy group member and ride organizer. "We are honored to support these riders as they ride to advocate for some of the most vulnerable and underprivileged women in the world."

As a group of everyday women on a mission to change the lives of underprivileged women in need, the Baltimore-based team of 11 female riders and 3 crew members will start their journey in Oakland and continue across the northern part of the state with stops in Cumberland, Hagerstown, Westminster and Edgewood. They will then bike along the Eastern shore to Centreville, with the final day starting in Annapolis and finishing in Baltimore at Fort McHenry, which is located at 2400 East Fort Avenue on Sept. 23, 2012.

With funds raised by RIDE/365, World Relief will provide 5,000 people in Cambodia with access to Moringa tree seedlings. The people of Cambodia will also receive training to grow, process, and use the plants' leaves, which are high in nutritional value. For women in Malawi, World Relief will provide school kits to 350 children orphaned by HIV/AIDS and school fee grants to 50 children so they may continue their education at the secondary level.

"Across the globe, women perform 66 percent of the work and produce 50 percent of the food, but they earn 10 percent of the income and own one percent of the property," explained Connie Fairchild, Vice President of Advancement for World Relief. "Socially, women are the center of family and community life, but are continually limited in their access to education, health care and protection. These riders want to help change those statistics."

To meet the rider team, click here. You can dontate to the cause here. The cost of the event has been underwritten, therefore 100 percent of every contribution will be used to fund the World Relief programs in Cambodia and Malawi.