Two women bicycling across the country — from Maine to Seattle — will be making a pitstop in Asheville this weekend, giving a short presentation at both Sunday morning Jubilee! services.
“In addition to experiencing all of the beauty my country has to offer, I will be fundraising $2,500 for Pathways Togo, a nonprofit working for women’s education and empowerment in Togo, West Africa,” writes Winter Heath on her GoFundMe page.
Recently back stateside from a 2-year stint in the Peace Corps, Heath was exposed to the harsh realities of Togo, West Africa, which, she writes, is “one of the poorest nations in the world. Togo offers few educational opportunities for women and children. Less than 30 percent of Togolese girls are enrolled in high school.”
And, she says, “one of the initiatives working hard to change this is Pathways Togo. … During my two years in Togo I watched Pathways create positive change in the lives of Togolese women and girls across the nation. Now, even though I’m thousands of miles away, I want to continue to support this incredible program.”
So she and friend Michelle Richard, who had just arrived home from a tour with Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms, decided to raise awareness and funding across the U.S.
Look for Heath, Richard and their cross-country bicycles in Asheville this weekend, or go to the 9:45 a.m. or 11:15 a.m. services on Sunday, July 19 at Jubilee! Community to hear their brief presentations.
To donate to Pedaling for Pathways Togo, visit Heath and Richard’s GoFundMe page here.