With the 2012 New York to Washington, D.C. Climate Ride spectacular getting closer by the day, it is wonderful to hear from the people who are riding, volunteering and fundraising for Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) and the other great beneficiary organizations.
This week, Liz Smith, pictured here with Climate Ride Director Blake Holiday, reached out to us through the RTC facebook page. Nice to (virtually) meet you Liz!
When the ride kicks off in New York, May 19, Liz will be one of a group of volunteer leaders, supporting the more than 175 riders (a record number this year). After taking part in the 2009 Climate Ride, she was eager to put back in to the event which she says had a huge impact on her understanding of climate-related issues, and her own personal abilities.
"Volunteer leaders are encouraged to raise funding, but are not required to like the riders are," Liz says. "I'm just trying to raise funds because I can and I care very much about the causes and organizations that Climate Ride and its riders support. Sustainability and bike advocacy are key to a green energy future!"
This year Liz is dedicating part of her fundraising total to RTC, and for that we are extremely grateful.
During the 2009 ride, Liz contributed her skills as a volunteer filmmaker, and made several short films that get behind the scenes of Climate Ride to explore the motivations of the variety of people who take part.
If you can't go on this year's Climate Ride but are keen to make your own impact, you can support one of the riders. Visit Liz's fundraising webpage and help her reach that lofty fundraising goal!