Dear Family and Friends,
I hope this email finds you all healthy and well. It’s been a rough couple of months and it’s pretty surreal finding ourselves in the midst of a global pandemic. Loss of lives and livelihoods has - and continues - to impact many of us, and the thought of fundraising for a camp that we don’t even know will happen this summer seemed kind of strange.
All the uncertainty would make it easy and understandable for us to say that we'll just take this year off from riding and fundraising.
But when it comes to the needs of good causes, I realized there are no days off. The other day, the producer of Tour de Simcha shared that we don’t know what the ride is going to look like this year, or if camp will even happen, but the families going through crisis with critically ill children during a global pandemic get no time off. For them Chai Lifeline has never been more important in providing support, both physically and emotionally.
With the spread of coronavirus, demand for Chai Lifeline’s services is surging. The organization provides emotional support and financial assistance, delivering meals and groceries, running essential errands, and even supplying personal protective equipment when needed. Dedicated volunteers connect with children through online tutoring, games and entertainment, offering friendship and support.
We are training as a team through virtual power sessions and Zwift rides. We are starting to ride outside and working out on trainers indoors. And we are thinking about the kids who need us so much right now. So, although our Tour de Simcha will be barebones this year, without the glitz, the hotel and the festive celebration after a grueling daylong ride up many steep hills, we will be shifting gears, literally and figuratively, to reinforce exactly why we commit ourselves to Chai Lifeline. It’s about being there for the kids and their families.
With today’s economic challenges, I appreciate that giving may be harder this year. That’s why I have no lofty goals. I just want to pull together with my supporters to do whatever we can to help these kids and their families. Just know that every dollar helps and whatever you can give is greatly appreciated.