“ I follow Betsy!” I have known Betsy for many years and she introduced me to travelling and cycling, and together we have cycled in Uruguay, Guatemala, Bulgaria, Puerto Rico and Iceland. I really like the idea that bicycling can make as much as a difference to others as it has to me and I am committed to this. I would also like to make a contribution to others Follow The Women gives me the opportunity to do this.
I felt that this was cause for which we would be able to raise money. I have done this before for bike rides for Aids charities, so I became the driving force for fund raising for the Californian contingent of the US team. Together we managed to raise a staggering $14000. To read more about how we did this, click here. (here there will be a link to a story I am writing from the information you, Jane and Betsy sent me or the annual report)
During the bike ride I had the feeling that we were giving people hope by being there and cycling, and that gave me hope for peace too. I also felt that small things really do make a difference. Follow The Women has shown me that if “you give hope, you get hope”. I saw a vision for world peace. Before I felt that there is always going to be conflict and there is no solution, but now there’s hope.
Lilly Ann Popken
Santa Cruz, California