Why Hosting Our Cycling Team Is A Perfect Opportunity

Why Hosting Our Cycling Team Is A Perfect Opportunity

Are you looking for a perfect opportunity to do something wonderful before 2019 comes to an end? That is why hosting our cycling team is a perfect opportunity to do amazing. First things fast, follow this link to support our cycling fundraiser.

Why Hosting Our Cycling Team Is A Perfect Opportunity
By supporting members of our Half Way Cycle team you will have contributed towards a great cause

I’m off for my cycling training as we continue preparing for Half Way Cycle 2019. My preparing hasn’t been very ideal bearing in mind that the rest of our cycling team hasn’t been training together. Earnest Nesta, Oloo Craig and Kevin Blackman Benjo all need bikes and accessories. That is why we haven’t been training together.

But, we believe God will provide. Last year, I suffered a lot during our maiden cycling. To make matters more interesting, we are – God willing – planning to cycle a longer route than we did last year. The plan is to get families – in Thika, Nyeri, Meru, Nyahururu, Nakuru, Eldoret, Kakamega, Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay – to host us during our stopovers.

We will also be cycling with some of the boys who have passed through the Lifesong KENYA REAM Program. This will give our boys the opportunity to give back to Lifesong Kenya. It will also offer our hosts first hand experience about the good things that are happening in our REAM Program.

Follow this link to learn more about our program.

Why Hosting Our Cycling Team Is A Perfect Opportunity

Half Way Cycle evangelism
Earnest Okello and an officer prays for two brothers who gave their lives to Christ during Half Way Cycle 2018

Why are we cycling, you ask. We are not just cycling for the sake of it. We are on a mission. Our Half Way Cycle event aims to accomplish three things.

First, we aim to create awareness about the opportunity to rehabilitate and reconcile at risk-male teens who are in conflict with the law. While the boys are already paying for the mistakes they committed by serving time, our role as a society is to play our part.

The boys need employable skills, healing and reconciliation before they exit prison. Lifesong Kenya is already trying to make this a reality. However, we can not do this alone. We need your help. This cycling event offers us the opportunity to create more awareness about our work and the role or wonderful individuals like you in this process.

Secondly, we aim to raise funding for our REAM Budget Program in 2020. Much as we have dedicated staff members and volunteers, the program comes at a cost. We need to pay allowances for staff members as well as cater for the program related costs such as:-

  • lesson handouts
  • transport
  • graduations
  • phone calls
  • tracing families, police officers and the people the boys have wronged

Thirdly, we aim to follow the routes where most of our boys come from. Our work has enabled us to come in contact with at risk male teens from Thika, Nyeri, Meru, Nakuru, Eldoret, Homa Bay and other towns. By cycling along these routes, we aim to find connections that will help reintegrate our boys when they exit juvenile prison.

Lastly, we hope to find more supporters and ambassadors for our program. We already have a growing community of supporters who contribute on a monthly basis towards our program. We hope that this cycling will provide an avenue for us to recruit our hosts into supporters of our program.

In conclusion

The total distance this year is 1,500 KM! That sounds crazy and ambitious, right? But, why do small things when God (in Ephesians 3:20) has promised to do much more than we can ever imagine? Why worry about getting hosts in Nyeri and other towns when the Body of Christ has placed loving brothers and sisters in those towns?

We already have hosts in Kisumu, Homa Bay and Migori Town. This is the perfect opportunity for you – yes you! – to end 2019 with a bang. Please consider hosting a member of our cycling team when we stop over in your town. All they will need is a bed, dinner and breakfast.

By hosting our cycling team, you’ll have contributed to our goal. You will also get to learn about the impact that Lifesong Kenya is having and how you can become part of our great cause. Your involvement will enable Lifesong Kenya to create long lasting impact.

That is why hosting our cycling team is a perfect opportunity for you to end 2019 with a bang. Kindly check our cycling route and get in touch with us if you would like to host a member of our cycling team. You can also start sending your contribution to our MPesa Paybill details on the poster above. You can send 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 shillings or any amount of your choice.

Every amount counts…

Here are images of last year’s hosts

Migori Town
Peter Okinyi and his family hosted our team in Migori Town
Aloe Park Naivasha
Sari Manminen, owner of Aloe Park Naivasha with our cycling team last year

Sari Manminen runs an excellent hotel perfect for a family vacation. Check it out on this link.

Why Hosting Our Cycling Team Is A Perfect Opportunity
James Ouma

James Ouma

James Ouma is an author and former children’s TV Producer who has impacted the lives of male teens who need to find clarity. He quit his job as a TV Producer in 2013 in order to develop a restorative justice program for at-risk male teens exiting juvenile prison. His work has seen him get nominated for the 2019 Utumishi Bora Award. He is an avid cyclist who uses cycling and running to fundraise for Lifesong Kenya’s REAM Program.

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