The year 2020 will be one that we won’t soon forget for many reasons, with the COVID-19 pandemic throwing much of our daily lives into uncharted and uncomfortable territory. One of the casualties of the year has been live events, especially those planned in the spring or early summer. Events like The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation’s Ride For Kids (RFK) events have up until now been heavily dependent on in-person events and charity rides to meet their fundraising goals. But COVID threw a huge wrench into those plans.
Ride For Kids events are the most successful and longest running charity motorcycle rides in the country. Since 1984, riders have been riding for children with brain tumors—the deadliest form of childhood cancer. The Ride for Kids supports the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, the leading non-profit funder of research on childhood brain tumors.
So, when RFK reached out and asked if we could help them turn physical events into virtual events, it was a no brainer, as REVER has been hosting virtual challenges on our platform for five years. Since RFK already had its year planned out, our task was to adapt our challenges to its existing themes, which included six different fun challenges (with different parameters) that individuals could join to help track fundraising efforts. The carrot at the end of the stick for each challenge was a Honda motorcycle up for grabs to a lucky participant.
For a REVER user to be eligible for one of the six motorcycles (including a Gold Wing, (2) Africa Twins, and (3) CBR300Rs), they not only need to join the Challenge, but also register with Ride For Kids. Not everyone got the message, but of the six winners selected, two REVER users recorded rides throughout the Challenge period and walked away with a Honda motorcycle.
Honda Africa Twin Winner!
Matthew McAtee was selected as the winner in the Ride 4600 Miles Challenge, completing a total of 5,529 miles during the two-and-half-month long contest. Participants earned an entry in the drawing by completing the challenge, but also could earn additional entries through fundraising. For his efforts McAtee was rewarded a brand-new 2019 Honda Africa Twin! So congratulations from everyone at REVER.
Honda CBR300R Winner!
Charlene Lee was the big winner in the 13 Rides for 13 Kids Challenge. Her name was selected as the winner of a 2019 Honda CBR300R. Charlene, who was associated with the Puget Sound Ride for Kids chapter completed the Challenge by taking 13 rides over the course of the contest. Sounds like a pretty easy task to not only help fundraise for kids with brain tumors, but also an easy avenue to a free CBR300R!
Additionally, we’d like to congratulate the following people who were the top fundraisers in their respective regions during the 2020 season:
Americade Ride for Kids, Martin Kaiser; Asheville Ride for Kids, Ed Apelian; Atlanta Ride for Kids, Herschel Evans; Baltimore/Washington Ride for Kids, Jimmy Tragle; Chicagoland Ride for Kids, Julie Runzel, Dallas/Fort Worth Ride for Kids, Gary Touchstone; Eastern Pennsylvania Ride for Kids, Irwin Feldman; Houston Ride for Kids, Maggie Sims; Hudson Valley Ride for Kids, Robert Reda; Las Vegas Ride for Kids, Dani Bradford; Los Angeles Ride for Kids, Michael York; Marysville Ride for Kids, Merlin Wagler; Mississippi Ride for Kids, Rose Sharbeno; N.C. Triangle Ride for Kids, Roland Cargill; New England Ride for Kids, Dave Odess; Northern California Ride for Kids, Doug and Sandy Werner; Puget Sound Ride for Kids, Ed Britz; San Diego Ride for Kids, George Parry; SoCal Dual Sport & Adventure Ride for Kids, Devon Sakaguchi; St. Louis Ride for Kids, Walter Potwora; Utica Ride for Kids, Vincent Russitano; Virginia Ride for Kids - Virtual, Terry Simpkins; Western Pennsylvania Ride for Kids, Laura Ebbert, Wisconsin Ride for Kids, E J and George Ford.