Friday, May 22, 2015

Together, We Can Break the Chains of Poverty!

Hoffman Estates, IL – On Sunday, May 24 the Bright Hope Cycling Team will begin their 40-day, 3,000 mile cycling tour across America to Break the Chains of poverty.

Mike Rutter, Bright Hope’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), and George Cook, an Institutional Consulting Director at Graystone Consulting will average 90 miles per day on their bicycles, beginning in Santa Monica, California and ending in Churchton, Maryland on Thursday, July 2.

What would compel any person to undergo such a grueling journey?

“Twelve years ago I saw extreme poverty firsthand through the despair in a child’s eyes as he begged me for help, begged me for his survival. He was surrounded by other children just like him – a generation plagued by the cycle of poverty, something most of us can’t understand. They are the reason I am doing this ride,” shares Rutter.  “We’re simply riding a bike, but through that simple act, we have the opportunity to change a life.”

Trapped in this cycle of hopelessness, women and children living in extreme poverty are extremely vulnerable to exploitation through human trafficking.  Since learning about the horrors of human trafficking 12 years ago, Cook has dedicated himself to freeing women and children from the shackles of modern slavery. 

“Somewhere there is a 12-year-old girl who is forced to be with men against her will 10-20 times a day,” shares Cook, “I can’t even fathom the horror of that, so whatever I can do to help, I do.”

Extreme poverty is a cycle of hopelessness that needs to be broken – a denial of choices and opportunities, a violation of human dignity.  Yet, in the past 25 years, the number of people living in extreme poverty has been cut in half. Poverty can be defeated in our lifetime! 

Today, you can help Break the Chains of poverty by visiting BrightHope.org/BreakTheChains. All proceeds from the Break the Chains Cycling Tour will support Bright Hope’s poverty-fighting initiatives across the globe.