As of last Friday, Geoff managed to complete his June challenge of riding 500km for KIWL. Here he is enjoying his gohobi (treat) at the Zebra Coffee & Croissant café — a popular café that allows cyclists to bring their precious bikes into the establishment — after having cycled around 50km from Shibuya to Sagamihara, under the supervision of his mentor Rob Williams (KIWL organizer).
Geoff is new to cycling and it was the first time for him to ride a total distance of 117km, but Rob was sure that he would survive the ride which included the San Francisco-like bumpy roads of Onekan (Tank Road) and a fair bit of hill climbing. The view from the top was worth the effort, and the ride back down the hill was even better!
Geoff is in training for next year’s KIWL cycle ride (500km in four days) across the countryside of Japan for one of KIWL’s chosen charities. KIWL mainly supports disadvantaged children in Japan. Here is a little about the charity that KIWL is currently supporting.
Our primary mission is to help children growing up in institutionalized homes prepare for life outside the home once they reach the age of 18. We offer support programs that increase a child’s opportunity to become a productive and financially independent young adult in their community. This means helping kids develop and hone critical skills such as language, writing, digital literacy, etc., and ultimately increase confidence levels that can lead to new opportunities and choices in the future. Providing tutoring support, internship opportunities, as well as guidance on university/technical school options will offer children another critical layer of support as they start to make plans for their future. Developed skill sets, solid communication abilities, and a thorough understanding of their options will help set kids on the right path towards successful independence.
This is no easy task for any child, but it can prove especially challenging for kids without continual 1:1 attention. It is our hope that by providing educational and mentoring-based support, we will be improving their overall chances.
Source: YouMeWe homepage https://youmewenpo.org/about
Having reached his goal of 500km, Geoff now plans to work on cycling further and with greater elevation. He will also introduce the various routes that he plans to take along the way…