I propose a Thanksgiving Challenge.
What: Ride your bike somewhere and perform some sort of community service.
Give thanks for all that you have and pay that forward. You could pick up rubbish along your favourite bike path or in a park that you engage in Coffeeneuring. If you live in a civilised and cultured society where rubbish isn’t a problem, or it’s too dang cold to stay outside long, then ride to a soup kitchen and volunteer for a shift. Or get some kids together, take them for a ride and show them traffic safety, etc. Show them how to fix a flat.
Doesn’t matter what you do – just show some kindness and give thanks somehow.
When: Anytime in the month of November. Go just once, or build some karma and do multiple acts of kindness/community service.
How: To participate in this Challenge, you must show proof of your ride to/from your site of service. You must also show some evidence of your service (e.g. show us your rubbish haul).
Who: You! And anyone you can get to be involved.
Where: Anywhere there is a need.
Why (how did this come about): I ride a lot in one particular national park. There is no charge to visit. I was thinking that I should give back by joining the “Friends” group of the park. However, at a recent lunch with old coworkers from my PhD days, a couple of the people had joined and said the “friends” were a bit intense and sort of plant nazis. Anti-social Em can’t really handle that sort of thing. So another friend suggested that I should pick up rubbish as I ride (he visits the park a lot, too) as a way of giving back. So I decided that the weekend after Thanksgiving is celebrated in the US that I would do a specific ride in the park with empty panniers ready to fill with rubbish. And then I thought… what if these little acts could be spread all over the globe in our group!