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The group rode 500 miles across New Mexico to raise money for Convoy of Hope.(PHOTO: Mark Morris) The group rode 500 miles across New Mexico to raise money for Convoy of Hope.(PHOTO: Mark Morris)

Bike for the Light

Turning a hobby into hope

Each year, Convoy of Hope’s Rural Compassion Initiative hosts hundreds of 24-hour training sessions across the country. Kim and Laurel Harvey, members of the team, host events like this regularly — but at a recent event in New Mexico, they wouldn’t simply be going back home afterwards. Kim was joining a group of nearly 30 people who would be riding bicycles 500 miles across New Mexico. This was all part of a mission to help raise money for Speed the Light to purchase a new vehicle for Convoy of Hope.

Nearly 30 cyclists participated in Bike for the Light.

Nearly 30 cyclists participated in Bike for the Light. (PHOTO: Robert Bradford)

“I couldn’t imagine riding 100 miles a day for five days in a row,” says Harvey. “But when I met the other riders and felt their passion for the work we do, I was encouraged.”

In its fourth year, the group made their “Bike for the Light” journey to raise money and awareness for work being done throughout the world. The riders set off on a Monday morning and would ride 100 miles a day until they finished at the Texas border on Friday evening.

“Everyone put in a lot of training,” says Jason Dickenson, lead pastor of Harvest Church in New Mexico.

Some riders participated for different legs of the race, while others completed the full 500 miles. Dickenson’s 7-year-old daughter, Ava, and her cousin Koa joined them for 100 miles.

7-year-old cousins, Ava and Koa, rode 100 of the 500 miles with their dads.(PHOTO: Robert Bradford)

7-year-old cousins, Ava and Koa, rode 100 of the 500 miles with their dads.(PHOTO: Robert Bradford)

“It was really hard going up all the hills,” Ava says. “But I want kids to learn they can do things to help too.”

Dickenson said the ride was difficult, but knowing the impact being made gave them the strength they needed to keep going.

During a 65-mile training ride Ava stopped, turned to her dad and said, “Dad, I’m really tired … but we can’t stop because there are people that need us to finish.”

So that’s what they did. After days of physical and emotional wear, the team finished and raised more than $70,000, which is the biggest fundraising year yet. According to Dickenson, it was an incredibly emotional experience for all involved and he hopes it serves as an inspiration to others.

“It’s amazing to think you can make a difference by doing something as easy as riding a bike,” he says.

It is because of friends like him, who are willing to take a hobby, talent or passion and put it to good use, that we are able to provide help and hope to millions of people throughout the world. Thank you.

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O'Reilly Auto Parts' headquarters neighbors Convoy of Hope's World Distribution Center O'Reilly Auto Parts' headquarters neighbors Convoy of Hope's World Distribution Center

Dress Casual, Do Good

People are always coming up with new ways to raise money. They have bake sales, car washes, benefit concerts and other events simply to support what they believe in. As an organization who relies on the compassion of others, we are impressed with the unique ways people decide to give. O’Reilly Auto Parts (headquartered in Springfield) has been a partner of Convoy of Hope for many years. They recently held a campaign focused on helping us make a significant impact in the lives of those in need.

“Casual for a Cause” is a day that takes place each month at the O’Reilly corporate offices giving employees the opportunity to dress more comfortably—for good reason. Each January, Convoy of Hope has been chosen as O’Reilly’s benefiting charity for Casual for a Cause. This January, they raised more than $1,200 from employees that decided to dress-down and support Convoy of Hope.

“O’Reilly has always been proud to partner with such a great organization and we feel that our contributions to Convoy of Hope have always been very much appreciated,” says Julie Gray, director of corporate services. “This is just our way of giving back in the communities in which we live and work.” Each of O’Reilly’s 4,000-plus stores in the country has an advertising/donation budget to use within their community.

We would like to thank our friends at O’Reilly Auto Parts for their continued partnership and willingness to bring help and hope to those who are hurting all over the world.

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