Rachel Fitz saw first hand the need for improved schools in Rwanda, where she lived with her family for three years.
â€œThe children who walked by our house each day on their way to school had so little,â€ she said, â€œand I wished there was something I could do to help them.â€
The pre-teen, who turns 12 this month, fulfilled that wish during Rachelâ€™s Ride for Rwanda last weekend in Langley.
The event was held at Derby Reach in Fort Langley and was a kids-only fundraiser for Wellspring Foundationâ€™s efforts to improve education in the central-African nation, Rachel explained.
With her family, Rachel volunteered at Wellspringâ€™s Lake2Lake ride in the Okanagan last fall and, on the drive home, hatched the plan for a similar, kids-only ride.
â€œSheâ€™s just one of those kids who comes up with ideas, and this one stuck,â€ said her father, Mark Fitz. â€œWeâ€™re very proud of her.â€
A handful of preteen riders gathered Saturday, June 7 at Derby Reach Regional Park, and so far Rachelâ€™s Ride for Rwanda has raised more than $2,400, with more donations still coming in.
They didnâ€™t get the rider engagement they hoped for, Mark said. While they were shooting for 50 riders, about a dozen came out.
For more information on this effort, and this young Surrey girlâ€™s goal, visit Rachelsride.ca.