SUNDAY OCTOBER 3, 2010
community bike rides nationwide The Panjshir Tour bike series was created to support Mountain2Mountain's efforts to empower the women and children of Afghanistan. Last fall, our founder, Shannon Galpin, rode her mountain bike in the mountains of Panjshir in Afghanistan, becoming the first woman to do so. Women aren't allowed to ride bikes in Afghanistan anymore - which is exactly why she did it. The success and positive reaction from community members in Afghanistan was encouraging to look at a future when our rural midwives, teachers, and school girls could ride bikes as transportation in rural communities. Improving access to education and health care where the need is greatest.
On October 3 communities across the U.S. will host community bike rides exactly one year since Galpin's initial groundbreaking ride. At the same time Shannon will be riding her bike through Panjshir Province, linking our support communities with our project communities for the first time. The goal? To raise money and awareness for Mountain2 Mountain's projects half a world away in a country where women can't ride bikes.
"Our organization was founded with the idea of connecting communities and cultures. Furthering the understanding of cultures on both sides of the equation to break stereotypes and create sustainable connections that ensure continued success with all of our projects."
So.... its time to get involved. Here's the details for every ride. Rides are taking part in California, New York, Washington DC, Oregon, and Colorado.
All rides are $20 and ride locations and links are listed on the left.
Please help spread the word, share the information, and BE THE CHANGE we want to see in the world!!
In the meantime.... take the time to follow our journey in Afghanistan on the M2M Field Notes blog and on our Facebook fan page.