The participants from the Horizon Bicycle Club are riding their bikes 360 miles to raise money for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
This is Horizon Bicycle Club’s 15th Mission 360 (M360) six-day bicycle ride from Watsonville to Malibu, with the purpose of raising money and awareness for their charitable missions.
Participants in M360 will cycle for 360 miles along beautiful coastal roads and freeways, including two days climbing the hills of Highway 1 in the Big Sur area.
Others in the group spend their six days supporting these riders with water and food at rest stops, meals at camp, and miles of driving to ensure everyone arrives at camp safely.
All participants, riders and support gather pledges and donations to support the chosen charity. This year, there are 36 riders and 23 support crewmembers.
During the past 14 years, M360 has raised a grand total of $475,656. These funds were used to provide a community center building in Nicaragua, assist orphans and surviving family members of HIV/AIDS victims in Lesotho, Africa through World Vision, build a school in Lesotho, including new desks and books, provide a well for clean water in Lesotho, fund a bridge to protect school children from floodwaters in Lesotho, provide funds for orphans in India through Children of the Hour, fundraise to purchase 383 bikes for World Bicycle Relief, and raise enough money for 15 water wells through Living Water International.
This year, the focus of M360 fundraising is to come alongside the local chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (www.afsp.org), whose goal is to reduce suicide by 20 percent by 2025. All donations go to support research, education, prevention, advocacy, public policy and support. On average in the U.S., there are 129 suicides per day, and it’s the 10th leading cause of death.
The M360 team has been connected to Lezlie Young, the area director of the Greater Sacramento and Central Valley chapters of the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Young will be at the finish line at the Lady of Malibu Catholic Church on July 18 cheering everyone on as they cross the finish line.
The M360 team is excited to reveal the total amount of money that has been raised by the team this year to Young at the finish line.
Kevin Brown, M360 project manager, and a rider each year of M360, volunteered for the Suicide Prevention hotline during the 11 p.m. – 3 a.m. shift while attending CSUS between 1991-1994.
The impact of that experience has helped pave the way for what he does now as a marriage and family therapist, as well as executive pastor at Horizon Community Church.
“I have worked with more and more people in the last five years who are really struggling with anxiety and depression, which, if left untreated, can lead to suicide,” Brown said.
Brown’s whole family is a part of this year’s ride. Brown and his daughter, McKenna, will ride a tandem bike, and his son Trevor will be riding on his own bike. Brown’s sister, Mindi Rold, and her oldest son Colton will be riding their bikes as well.
Katrina, Brown’s wife, as well as his mom Sharon, his brother Joshua, and Mason and Nevaeh Rold, Rold’s two other children, will be a part of the support team this year.
If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, go to www.horizonweb.org/m360fundraiser. You may also mail or drop off contributions at Horizon Community Church, 446 Fairway Drive, Galt, CA 95632. Please write “M360 2019” in the memo section. If the office receives your contribution by Thursday, July 18 at 12 p.m., your number can be added to the final amount at the finish line. All contributions are tax-deductible.