We’ve been a part of Wheels4Water for 4 years now, ever since it began. Through all of our projects, this one is most dear to our hearts. Knowing that we are able to provide clean water, sanitation, and health education for thousands of Ugandans and Congolese by means of biking across the country year after year blows us away. And to top that off, we are able to use our own digital filmmaking services to promote the charity, working with other small businesses across the country to pool our assets and unique creations to raise over $200,000, this year alone.
From Rule29 in Geneva, Illinois, to O’Neal Printing in Phoenix, Arizona, our team has been a constant push and encouragement, and it has been a pleasure to spend the last four years of passion on this project, working with some of our best friends on a cause we all feel so strongly about.
This year, we rode our bikes over 2,700 miles in 10 days, with donors backing us at each mile, supporting over 10,000 people in Africa. The trip was long and arduous, but we don’t do it because we merely like riding our bikes up large mountains, or because the Texas heat sounded fun for 3.5 days, but we do it because we love to put our skills and passions toward helping others. From San Diego, CA to Charleston, SC, we gave no excuses to not ride, to pack up and give up. This was our fourth year in a row riding, but this was also our longest trip, because we knew we wanted to push ourselves physically and venture out in faith financially, and we met our goals and exceeded them. Not only are we excited to see the future of this charity, we are ecstatic to see the impact our funds will make overseas, bringing healthy water to thousands who’ve lacked it by partnering with Lifewater International.
Commitments like these can easily get pushed aside or postponed, because the stresses of everyday life and our day jobs can consume our thoughts, and our hearts get drowned out in worries. So often a resolution to love others and do good become too inconvenient to our comfortable lives. Nothing easy ever made a huge impact on others, and while we recognize that this was just one small step toward what our capacity to care for others and financial capacity as Americans can contribute to the world, we are excited of what we accomplished, and we hope to inspire others to take at least one step this year to love others without expectation of return, without a need for reimbursement. We love, not because we expect to benefit, but because we want others to benefit. And this short video is one of our favorite ways to attempt to spark that inspiration in others, so we hope you enjoy it.