Calling on people for charity is an act that makes me intensely uncomfortable. It’s hard to explain, but asking for assistance is nearly impossible for me to do on a personal basis, and still difficult to accomplish on behalf of friends.
Years ago my father attempted to teach me that sometimes we have to do things we find distasteful. The lesson didn’t take then, but I’ve gradually made an uneasy peace with it.
And so an occasion has come in which I want to ask for your help. I’ve lost track of the number of cyclists in my community who are completely without the ability to ride. I shiver when I think about how friends of mine had only enough time to head to cars, do a head count and leave. Hell, I thought I was scared.
Even with last night’s rain, western Santa Rosa still smells like a campfire. Riding outdoors here isn’t yet a fabulous idea. And then there’s the fact that we’re not allowed to ride in our beloved Annadel.
I’ve been in contact with folks at Wahoo and Zwift. Four Kickr trainers are on the way to set up a Kickr Studio so folks can train with and race against each other. Zwift will provide accounts to those affected by the fires, gratis.
I’m working on loaner bikes for all those who have nothing to put on the Kickrs. But we still have needs.
We will need four computers with relatively up-to-date processors to handle Zwift. And people need cycling clothing.
The good people at Kali Protectives have stepped up with helmets for people who lost everything.
We need shoes, kits and more.
I hate asking for help, but it’s easier to ask on behalf of others. They need your help. If you’re interested in lending a hand, just put +1 in the comments and I will be in touch through the email address you used to register as a commenter.
UPDATE: Should anyone wish to make a financial contribution you can do so through the Redwood Credit Union; they are marshalling more donations in this relief effort than any other organization I’ve seen and 100% of your donation goes to fire victims. If you’d like to make sure it goes through a charity so you get the write-off, I recommend the King Ridge Foundation.
Image: Neil Bregman
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