Cyclists to bike across Maryland in 5 days

World Relief Ride 365 Cyclists to bike across Maryland in 5 daysCan someone really bike across the state of Maryland (roughly 365 miles) in just 5 days?

Thirteen women from Baltimore are up to the challenge.

The group are part of the Women Who STAND/Baltimore advocacy group and are making the trek as part of World Relief‘s Ride/365 initiative.

The cyclists are biking to raise funds for programs that help women and children affected by human trafficking and AIDS in Malawi and Cambodia.

From the World Relief website:

Human trafficking is on the rise in Cambodia and the desperate circumstances of some families make them easy targets for exploitation. World Relief works with local churches to train their members to recognize the signs of trafficking and to provide assistance to those rescued from traffickers. Adults and teenagers attend interactive teaching sessions where they learn to identify and respond to the schemes used by traffickers, to protect younger, more vulnerable children and to serve as advocates within their families.

In Malawi HIV/AIDS has devastated the country leaving over a million orphans and vulnerable children. Churches, trained by World Relief, are guiding youth to stop the spread of AIDS by adopting God’s plan for healthy relationships. Youth are also learning leadership skills that will enable them to positively influence their peer groups.

The big trip begins on Tuesday in western Maryland.

The women will travel through northern Maryland, along the Eastern Shore, through Annapolis and end at Fort McHenry.

A “welcome home” celebration is planned for September 22nd at 3 p.m. ET.

Learn more about World Relief and the Ride/365 here.

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