Since April, Bobby Cavette has been training for his team’s annual bicycle ride from Bangkok to Chiang Rai, Thailand—a 500-mile route. Bobby is the founder of Ride4Him, a sponsored cycling team based in Mississippi. Their ride in October 2019 will be the team’s ninth. The riders raise money and awareness for the Chiang Rai Children’s Home in Chiang Rai, Thailand.
Although Bobby’s support for the Chiang Rai home started in 2006, the idea to kick it up a notch was born a few years later. “The church gives offerings,” Bobby explained. “They do a good job, but I’m out in the secular world.” He had been competing in races as a runner—5Ks, marathons, ultramarathons—and advertisers were paying a premium to get their names on his shirt. So he figured, why not use the same idea to raise advertising-scale money for Chiang Rai Children’s Home?
Bobby’s long association with the home has given him a unique perspective on the effectiveness of the program. He has seen kids just starting out in the home grow, learn, and progress until some are now college graduates who assist Ride4Him on their annual trips. For Bobby and his team, long days of training—working up to 100 to 125 miles a day—are worth it when they see the smiles on the kids’ faces and the positive difference Chiang Rai Children’s Home is making.
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