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Southern California bicyclists will ride cross-country for clean-water charity

A group of area bike riders will be pedaling cross country this summer in a bid to provide clean water for people around the world.
Ride for Water was formed six years ago when five students from Azusa Pacific University coalesced to support “Charity: Water,” based in New York.
Teams have ridden cross-country from west to east each summer, raising money to combat the global water crisis. During the past six years, Ride for Water has donated more than $358,000 to clean-water projects.
“I believe everyone should have clean water, which benefits people’s health and education,” said Daniel Burroughs, 22, of Highland. He is part of the 2019 ride team.
“Growing up in Redlands, I learned what it means to serve others,” said Burroughs, a product of Citrus East Valley High School and recent graduate of Azusa Pacific.
The current team consists of six cyclists, including four male and two female riders, all from Azusa Pacific. They plan to leave May 20 and spend about 52 days cycling about 3,400 miles from San Francisco to New York. Arrival date at the Atlantic Ocean is set for July 10.
“The craziest thing we can do is nothing,” says the Ride for Water website. “That is why we have committed to ride our bikes this summer to raise awareness and fundraise for clean water projects through Charity: Water. We know riding our bikes across the country won’t solve the global water crisis, but we believe that we can make a difference with the conversations and the money we raise along the way.”
Team members will stay with host families, in churches or in donated hotel rooms in the cities and towns through which they ride. A support team will accompany the group to provide safety and supply food and replacement gear.
The team is hoping to raise $80,000 by raising awareness of the fact that 663 million people around the world, about one in 10, do not have access to clean water.
Daniel Burroughs of Highland will ride cross-country this summer to raise money for clean water around the world. (Photo courtesy of Daniel Burroughs)
“Charity: Water gives 100 percent of the money it raises to the cause,” said Nicholas Guido, 23, of Claremont, also a recent Azusa Pacific graduate and 2019 rider.
Charity: Water is a privately funded nonprofit organization.  Donations may be made at www.rideforwater.com
“They select communities in undeveloped areas around the world to either provide water filtration systems or dig wells,” Guido said.
For Burroughs, both the adventuring aspect and the opportunity to serve others appealed to him when he was asked to join the riders. He has spent the year training as well as doing outreach for donations and sponsorships. Riders raised $1,500 to cover their own expenses.
Guido has long been interested in participating in the ride and has known team members in the past.
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“I love physical activity and have wanted to do missionary work,” he said. “This is a good cause and I will not only pick up a new skill in road biking but be part of something bigger than myself,” he said.
Guido is excited for the adventure of cycling the open road. “It’s one thing to see the country from a car going 70 miles an hour and quite another to see it on a bike going 17 miles an hour,” he said.
“The big take-away is to get a lot donated to Charity: Water because they are saving lives around the world.”

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