Late in July the Gethrr team got out to West River Drive for the 15.5 mile Interim House Ride Series to snap some pictures and lend a hand to the Gearing Up program. Six women in the program participated in the ride, and for one woman in particular this day meant more than getting in a good work out.
Gearing Up is a service to help women who have fallen on hard times. The program achieves this by simply teaching its clients how to properly maintain and operate a bicycle. This may seem trivial at first, but the process becomes a path to self-confidence and empowers their clients with a vehicle for self-improvement. After logging 100 miles, the women of the program earn a bike of their own. On this day Kelly reached that milestone – it was an accomplishment that meant more than earning a bike of her own, it meant she had taken a giant step toward overcoming the struggles of her past.
We were thankful to be on hand to capture this moment and many more on the rolling hills between Mt. Airy and East Falls. It was also gratifying to see the money donated by the Getthr community put to use in the water bottle cages, tubes and tire levers on each bike. Thanks to all who came out, and all who continue to support the Gethrr values and the belief that the little things do in fact make a difference.
Thank you to Gethrr member, Daniel Imperiale for the photographs!