The Diocese of Ohio Rides the Race to End Malaria
The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth, Bishop of the Diocese of Ohio and seven other cyclists will be riding across the country after the close of General Convention on July 17. Their 8-10 day journey, entitled “Riding for Their Lives”, which starts in Anaheim, California and ends at the Episcopal Church Center in New York will raise money for Episcopal Relief & Development’s program partnership NetsforLife® which prevents malaria in 17 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.
As they travel across the country, the goal of the Bishop’s Bike Ride is to raise $100,000 and spread awareness about malaria, which kills nearly 1 million people each year. One of NetsforLife’s® insecticide-treated net can save three people from needless suffering and certain death. The NetsforLife® life-saving program plans to distribute 7 million nets over the next five years.
The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth is no stranger to long distance bike rides. In 2006, he organized the first Bishop’s Bike Ride, a 145-mile ride home to Cleveland from the General Convention in Columbus, Ohio. The experience was so gratifying that they decided to continue it annually. In 2007, they rode sections of Underground Railroad through Ohio, and the following year they trailed along most of the width of the state. This June, they navigated through the hilly southeastern rim of the diocese. Each summer, the Bishop’s Bike Ride has raised money to support youth mission trips.
The Rt. Rev. Mark Hollingsworth will be joined by Carl Petterson, a recent graduate of Hudson High School, and Greg Daniels, a consultant for IBM, the Rev. Kelly O’Connell, rector of St. Mark’s, Toledo and the route planner and training advisor; the Rev. Stephen R. Sedgwick, rector of Church of the Redeemer, Lorain; the Rev. Daniel Orr, priest-in-charge of St. Paul’s, Fremont; Isaac Hollingsworth, the bishop’s son and a sophomore at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire; and Michael Obel-Omia, former head of the Upper School at University School in Cleveland, and a parishioner at St. Paul’s, Cleveland Heights. Most have participated in previous Bishop’s Bike Rides. Two members of Episcopal Relief & Development ‘s volunteer Network, Martha Gardner, Diocesan Coordinator from Newark and Erin Kirby, Seminarian Coordinator from Church Divinity School of the Pacific, will be supporting the cycling team by driving the support vehicle.
You can follow the cyclists on Twitter, Bishop Hollingsworth’s blog, Facebook or on this map.
Support the Bishop Bike Ride by:
- Donating now online
- Calling 1.800.334.7626 ext.5129
- Mailing a check for: Episcopal Relief & Development designated for Bishops Bike Ride, PO Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.
- Stop by Episcopal Relief & Development’s booth #600 at the General Convention to make a gift.