“I learned about the ride because I volunteer once a week at the Housing Works Bookstore on Crosby Street. A staff member there challenged me and, after some thought, I decided to take the challenge.
Quizzically, skeptically, a friend asked me simply “Why, at 65, are you doing this?”
It’s simple. I have my health and this gives me the chance to put it in service to a great cause. I lost a friend, Dick Weinstock, to AIDS back in the 90’s, so I’m riding in his memory. My mother, an English nurse who survived the London Blitz during World War II and who later, as a doctor’s nurse, saw the ravages of AIDS first-hand, would have encouraged me. As would my father who, after surviving 25 missions on bombing runs over wartime Germany, taught me that you do what you have to do. I think that says it all.
John Dunn, Rider #71” (via John Dunn’s Page)
Our volunteer John is riding a bicycle from Boston to New York City (yes) with BRAKING THE CYCLE, an amazing organization which has chosen Housing Works as the fundraising recepient this year.
He’s bartending in the cafe at a special fundraising happy hour — in his bike shorts! — tonight at 6PM. Swing by and have a PBR for TWO good causes. You can also donate to the ride at the link here.
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