Meet Lexi, 2016 RIDETZ Rider

May 27, 2016

RIDETZ takes off in just three weeks!! We have a handful more wonderful, enthusiastic people to introduce who complete 2016’s team of adventurers. Learn about all of the riders before they leave, and then make sure to follow along on our blog for updates on the journey as we post throughout the trip! They take off on June 18th for this once in a lifetime experience. Today, we are thrilled to introduce first-time rider and dedicated supporter of TFFT, Lexi Bohonnon!

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Where are you from?

Madison, CT, but I live in Manhattan.

What do you do for work?

I work for a tech company called Yext. We are the leader in digital location management, providing software and solutions that help business leverage location-based technologies. I work with our Financial Services clients and am constantly on the road!

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Work! No, just kidding (sort of…) I played soccer in college and after graduating needed something to fill the void, so I got into triathlons. I find I constantly need a goal to keep me in check, probably from years of regimented schedules growing up. I’ve done a bunch of triathlons and marathons, but last summer completed one of my big bucket lists goals, my first full Ironman in Lake Placid, NY. When it’s not tri/marathon season, you can find me skiing ☺.

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Who is your inspiration in life?

My grandmothers, the late Minnie Bohonnon, and the fiercely independent, still driving, tennis playing Barbara Boucher, who lives in Denver today. The two most badass ladies in the world – both incredibly unique in their own ways, but insanely similar in others. Its from both of them that I picked up my will to win, whatever it takes. Their independence, strength, value for education and love of ALL sports shaped my parents and now me into who I am today.

How did you hear about RIDETZ?

My incredible freshman year college roommate, Kaitlin Rogers! We survived the ups and downs of college year 1 together and I’ve been inspired by her drive, passion and commitment to everything she does in life ever since. It’s an honor for me to be able to join RIDETZ this year and I’m so thankful for the opportunity to support such an incredible cause.

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What inspired you to ride this June?

Honestly, Kaitlin Rogers. Education is an invaluable investment and there are so many ways to pay back the great fortune I’ve had in my life and the opportunities I’ve been given. But the passion and dedication Kaitlin and the team have committed all of these years has been the driving force and inspiration for me.

Are you celebrating any milestone with RIDETZ?

Disconnecting entirely from the world for the first time I can ever remember and spending time with such an amazing and inspiring group!

What is your favorite place to ride? (Besides Tanzania, of course!)

Lot of favorites, but most memories (best and worst) Lake Placid, NY.   

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Improving Student Achievement

May 26, 2016

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At TFFT, we consider the impact that parental involvement has on student achievement. There really is a positive relationship between parental involvement in schooling and student achievement, as communication between parents and the school brings noticeable improvement in attitude, discipline, and attendance rates of the students.

Early this year, we held a joint meeting with parents/guardians/caregivers to share the organizational perception of parental involvement. Among the many issues discussed, two of them were: the important role played by parents in the discipline of children, and how to best provide for children while they are home during school holidays. Parents also need to keep close contact with their child’s school so that they can be a part of the vision it has for their children and so that they can help to support the school by urging each child to work diligently. The Livelihood Economic Strengthening Program provided by TFFT is meant to increase the capacity of households both to cater for the targeted scholar, and to help improve the economic capacity of the entire household.

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We have also formed Family Cells, implemented in order to better support all TFFT Scholars and to help our staff respond to the individual ongoing needs of each scholar. A specific TFFT team member acts as the head of each Family Cell, comprised of around ten scholars who attend the same school. 

Family Cell meetings follow an open and flexible agenda, where relationship building is paramount. Exercises and activities that encourage communication, self-expression, interpersonal skills, and team building  are interspersed with discussions, information sharing and skill development. By strengthening Family Cells, TFFT aims to improve support provided by TFFT staff through free flow of communication, better responsiveness to scholar’s concerns and closer supervision.

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Family Cells will be the center of the upcoming mentorship program, where “Big Brothers/ Sisters” in the Family Cell, mentor new and younger scholars, under the supervision of the Family Cell Head. We are most delighted to have Pamela Whitman on board as the Advisor for our Peer Mentoring Program and Livelihood Strengthening Program. Family cells will provide a close link between the actual parents/caregivers and both the school and TFFT. We anticipate that this added connection will:

  • Enhance Scholars’ self-esteem
  • Improve Scholars’ academic achievement
  • Improve parent-child relationships
  • Help parents develop positive attitudes towards school
  • Have a better understanding of the education process.
  • Result in better overall student achievement.

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Meet Jason, 2016 RIDETZ Rider

May 25, 2016

In the time left before RIDETZ takes off, we will continue to introduce the wonderful, enthusiastic people who make up 2016’s team of adventurers. This way, you can learn about the riders before they leave, and then you can follow along on our blog for updates on their journeys as we post throughout the ride! They take off on June 18th for this once in a lifetime experience. Today, we are thrilled to introduce first-time rider and dedicated supporter of TFFT, Jason Sehorn!

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Where are you from and what do you do for work?

I am originally from California, and now I work for ESPN as a college football analyst in Charlotte, NC.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I enjoy mountain biking, skiing, golf, traveling, and being a father to my three daughters (thats more life, not spare time). I am an athlete at heart, always have been and always will be.  I’ve enjoyed the competition that playing sports provided, whether it was competing against other people, the game, or the perceived boundaries of my body.  In short I like to push the limits of what I’m capable of doing, you can say I like to go.  Since retiring from football that outlet has been mountain biking. Putting some music in my ears and getting lost in the miles and miles of mountain bike trails or competing in the Leadville 100 mountain bike race in Colorado.

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Who has inspired you?

My coaches. I played football in the NFL for 10 years and in college at the University of Southern California and junior college at Shasta. My coaches starting from Sunny Stupeck, the man who convinced me to play football in the first place, to Dennis Thurman at Southern Cal, to John Fox, my defensive coordinator at the Giants, they all played integral rolls in my life and career that inspired me to be a better athlete and person.

How did you hear about RIDETZ?

When I was at the S.O.S Gala that benefits The Foundation For Tomorrow in 2014, Barry Byrd had just done the ride and peaked my interest. The opportunity to help provide an education, the foundation upon which our future is built, is my motivation for this ride.  There is a scripture in the bible that says “to whom much is given, much is required”. I was given the gift of athletic ability and as a professional athlete I was given a platform, one which I’ve been able to and will continue to use to help others.

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What inspired you to ride this June?

The opportunity to do something I love, while raising money and awareness for those without a voice in Tanzania.

Are you celebrating any milestone with RIDETZ?

Not really  – maybe my third time in Tanzania and seeing new parts of Africa

Where is your favorite place to ride?

Anywhere in the mountains, because of the elevation change, the trees, trails, no cars, no people, just getting lost in the woods on a mountain bike appeals to me.

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Meet Alex, 2016 RIDETZ Rider

May 19, 2016

In the month left before RIDETZ takes off, we will continue to introduce the wonderful, enthusiastic people who make up 2016’s team of adventurers. This way, you can learn about the riders before they leave, and then you can follow along on our blog for updates on their journeys as we post throughout the ride! They take off on June 18th for this once in a lifetime experience. Today, we are thrilled to introduce first-time rider and dedicated supporter of TFFT, Alex Slater!

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I learned about The Foundation For Tomorrow through Denise McFadden, a colleague from work who supports the foundation. Her passion for the cause, its scholars, and aims are truly infectious, and it was great to hear about Mama Denisa’s travels to Tanzania and the latest news on the children and how they were doing at school.

Denise participated in RIDETZ a few years ago and when I heard about it, I thought that would be a great experience for a great cause and leapt at the chance to participate in RIDETZ 2016. My signing up also spurred Denise into signing up for the ride! To participate in RIDETZ is a real honor and my wife, Gill, and I decided to have the ride as a substitute for gifts at our wedding in August 2015. Unfortunately, Gill cannot participate this year, but I will be riding for the two of us!!

As mentioned, I used to work with Denise, but I am currently between jobs and so I have plenty of time to train by moving earth in the garden from one place to another! RIDETZ has given me a goal to work towards and will be my first ever ride for a cause. I had not ridden a bike for 6 years before I started to train for RIDETZ and now I am spinning at least 3 times a week and cycling on a local off road red run at the weekends.

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Make Me a Match!

May 18, 2016

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As the end draws near for 2016’s Annual Fund, a couple of our very special support teams have offered a generous gift. All contributions up to $25,000 will be DOUBLED!! This means that anything you contribute between now and May 31st will do twice the good.

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Seattle supporters Anne McGonigle & Greg Witter and Joan & George Hornig of NYC have teamed up to make this commitment. To maximize their gift, we need you to partner with us to meet our $25,000 goal! Otherwise, we will not be able to claim the entire matching gift. Please help us to reach the full potential of such a generous offer!

This campaign only happens once a year, and any contribution to our Annual Fund helps us fulfill our mission by providing the financial support to keep TFFT up and running.

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For the next two weeks, your contribution will go twice the distance in helping TFFT achieve its goals for the upcoming year. Will you help us out?! Anything and everything counts (and now will have double the impact)!

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Meet Katie, 2016 RIDETZ Rider

May 17, 2016

During this month leading up to RIDETZ 2016, we will continue to introduce our wonderful, enthusiastic team of adventurers. We hope you enjoy getting to know each rider before they leave, and don’t forget to follow along on our blog for updates on the journey as we post throughout the ride! They take off in one month for this once in a lifetime experience. Today, we are thrilled to introduce dedicated supporter of TFFT and 2014 rider who’s back for more, Katie Caniglia.

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1) Where are you from?

Charlotte, NC by way of Chicago, Texas, and originally New Jersey.

2) What do you do for work?

I am the Founder & Executive Director of the non-profit online fundraising platform, ITRIFORGOOD. I’m also helping to grow innovative small businesses through my role as Managing Director of GCP, a diversified holding company. My favorite title and the job that keeps me on my toes the most…”Mom”, to Kieran (13) and Ellie (9).

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3) What do you like to do on your spare time?

Hang out with family and friends, preferably outdoors and usually involving a competition of some kind. Otherwise, fly-fishing, hiking, biking, painting and cooking are at the top of my list when I have free time.

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4) Who is your inspiration in life?

I am inspired by so many people on a daily basis…family members, friends and complete strangers. Inspiration can be found in the most unsuspecting moments and circumstances, so I try my best to be open and ready to see and appreciate it.

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5) How did you hear about RIDETZ?

I first heard about RIDETZ from Meghann. I remember taking RIDETZ 2012 flyers over to a local triathlon/bike shop to help spread the word and thinking (maybe even saying), “I’m going to do this”.

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6) What inspired you to want to ride this June?

I never thought I would jump right back in the saddle for 2016, but here I am. RIDETZ 2014 provided innumerable life lessons, treasured experiences, and a deeper connection to Tanzania (its people as much as its land). Family and work commitments as well as financial and physical conditions make participating in RIDETZ 2016 much more challenging (for me, personally) than 2014…but it’s easy to give when it’s easy to give. I want to give of my time, energy, and money when it seems the most difficult to do so. Riding in 2016 is about reaffirming my commitment to supporting TFFT and stepping outside of what is comfortable in order to learn and grow.

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7) Are you celebrating any milestone with RIDETZ?

My birthday is June 15th so it’s exciting to celebrate in such a unique and meaningful way…I only wish my family could be there too!

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8) What is your favorite place to ride? (Besides Tanzania, that is!)

I love riding in the mountains. The bike course for IM Lake Placid is the most beautiful ride (on a road bike) I have ever had the pleasure of pedaling through. North Carolina and Colorado have provided great times on two wheels too. Prior to training for RIDETZ, I had never been on a mountain bike. I had spent countless hours (days) on various road bikes, but mountain biking has captured my attention and heart now too.

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9) What unique ways are you planning to fundraise?

I’m still figuring that out and I’m open to suggestions!!! Obviously, ITRIFORGOOD will be a big component. I’ve spent more and more time painting in the past few years and am planning to donate a large portion of the proceeds from the sale of all abstract art.

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Meet Miller, 2016 RIDETZ Rider

May 13, 2016

In month leading up to RIDETZ, we will introduce the wonderful, enthusiastic people who make up 2016’s team of adventurers. This way, you can learn about the riders before they leave, and then you can follow along on our blog for updates on their journeys as we post throughout the ride! They take off on June 18th for this once in a lifetime experience. Today, we are thrilled to introduce dedicated supporter of TFFT, Miller Bianucci, who’s back for more after she couldn’t get enough RIDETZ on both our 2010 and 2012 trips!

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  1. Where are you from?

I am from Charleston, SC but I spent the past four years in Scotland, at the University of St. Andrews.

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  1. What do you do for work?

I graduated from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland in 2015 after studying Sustainable Development and have been home working and preparing for graduate school for the past year. I will be heading back to the UK to study African Studies at The University of Oxford next year. In the meantime, I am a nanny and get to spend my days with two highly entertaining boys, ages 9 and 11…there is never a dull moment!

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  1. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Conservation is one of my passions and my undergraduate dissertation focused on community-based conservation programs in East and Southern African. I have stayed involved with the Cheetah Conservation Fund, one of the organizations included in my project, organizing a fundraiser and participating in promotional events here in Charleston. I also have a food blog/Instagram (@Chowandtell) which I use to condone my love of discovering and eating good food around the world!

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  1. Who is your inspiration in life?

I wouldn’t say that I necessarily have one source of inspiration, but I am particularly inspired by problem solvers. This is why I am so inspired by Meghann, who didn’t accept that at the age of 5, children should age out of the orphanage to uncertain futures. She was determined enough to make a plan and courageous enough to make the change. Now, over one hundred orphaned or vulnerable children are in schools, able to learn, lead and excel within their communities and contribute to their nation as a whole. TFFT is remarkable and serves as a constant reminder to me to really make things happen!

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  1. How did you hear about RIDETZ?

About 8 years ago my mom, sister, and I volunteered at the Nkoaranga Orphanage in Arusha. We fell in love with a group of 26 children and kept wondering how we were going to stay involved in their lives in a sustainable way. At the end of six weeks at the orphanage, our group was driving back to Arusha when we happened to pick up two NGO workers: Hunter and Bayliss, two of TFFT’s first employees. I am so thankful that they hopped in the van and that my mom, who talks to everyone, started questioning them about their work. We were thus introduced to TFFT and felt so fortunate to learn about an organization that would make it possible for us to support these children in an incredible way. When we returned to the US, my mom and I went to the SOS gala in Charlotte to meet Meghann and learn more about TFFT.

TFFT has played a significant role in my family’s life and we have loved getting to learn more about the organization or be involved in different ways whenever we visit Tanzania. TFFT has allowed for me to maintain special relationships with the 26 kids I first met in Tanzania and, even better, witness these children grow into self-assured young adults, full of ambition, courage, and hope for their future. I believe in TFFT whole-heartedly because I have seen this organization empower orphaned and abandoned children by giving them the support, love, and guidance they need to succeed.

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I feel lucky to have had such incredible leaders like Meghann and Kaitlin as mentors throughout the years. Many of the memories and friends I treasure most involve or have been introduced to me through TFFT, like RIDETZ 2010 and 2012.

As soon as TFFT started sharing their ideas about RIDETZ I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I was nervous because I am not a cyclist per se, but I was ready to take on this physical challenge for such a worthwhile cause. While there were many magical moments of RIDETZ, my favorite was when Richard, the TFFT scholar who rode with us that year (2010), saw the ocean for the first time. The sense of excitement, accomplishment, and pride of having reached the coast after 400 miles showed through his smile, which spanned ear to ear. I’ll never forget that day! RIDETZ had me hooked, and 2012 was just as memorable.

  1. What inspired you to ride this June?

Anyone who has participated in RIDETZ knows it is an experience like no other and one that is impossible to describe. It is a unique opportunity to get to see Tanzania in a different way that is off the beaten track, share a bond with a special group of people, and accomplish something beyond rewarding. It would be hard not to be inspired by RIDETZ! I unfortunately was unable to participate in 2014 but promised myself to not miss out on this adventure again. I feel so fortunate to be back in the saddle this time around.

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  1. Are you celebrating any milestone with RIDETZ?

Not certain if this counts as a milestone but my dad and I did the first ride together and I’m happy we will be doing it together again. Also, I’m really excited to introduce my best friend Abby to TFFT and to RIDETZ!

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  1. What is your favorite place to ride? (Besides Tanzania, of course!)

Charleston doesn’t have many places to safely bike (something the city is working on!) so I have spent most of my time in my favorite spinning studio, Charleston Revolution. I love this studio because the classes deliver a full body workout by incorporating killer core, arm, and cardio sequences. But now with the ride fast approaching and the urgent need to spend more time in the saddle, I’ve been riding outside whenever I can. Abby, my dad and I have discovered some beautiful trails and routes outside of Charleston.

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Introducing Pamela

May 12, 2016

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Hello, my name is Pamela Whitman and I am the latest team member to join the TFFT Office in Arusha. I will be working with TFFT for the next year and a half, as a part of the Australian Volunteers for International Development Program. My role will be as Advisor for Peer Mentoring Program and Livelihoods Strengthening. I will be working closely with the Scholarship Program.

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I have been working in various countries in Africa for the last ten years, working in the field of organizational development. In my work, the theme that seems to be developing is working with support groups in the area of psychosocial support. I have worked with a Human Rights Organization in South Africa for victims of gross human rights violations; HIV Peer Counselor Groups in Kenya; volunteer community groups for Red Cross in Mozambique and now vulnerable children’s groups in Tanzania. The common thread is people joining together to support each other and to have meaningful and useful connections. I advise staff and community members on how best to achieve this and other goals they may have.

I have completed my Masters of Organizational Psychology quite a while ago now. My early mid-life crisis was a productive one. After working as a Registered Nurse for over thirteen years off and on, I decided I needed a major shake up, and 8 years later, and very few weekends off, I became an organizational psychologist! I have been traveling all my life, so no one who knows me well is surprised that I have made my professional niche working in different countries in Africa in the field of organizational and community development.

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TFFT has recently started developing Family Cells, to better support our scholars, and build stronger and closer ties with them.  One of my goals is to strengthen these Family Cells so that they can be responsive to our scholar’s changing needs. I envisage the Family Cell to be the basis for a Mentoring Program, so there will be a new model developed to better support our scholars who sometimes struggle with their environments at school.

The work that inspires me is focused on building psychological strength and well-being. I have certainly learned so many valuable lessons from my work in Africa about resilience and remaining calm in the face of setbacks! I hope I will be able to incorporate into my time at TFFT strategies for young people to adjust to their new environments, to deal with life stressors, to become effective support people themselves, and to be more well rounded individuals with emotional intelligence. The Family Cells and the Mentoring Program will certainly be the platforms to develop these areas.

 

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Meet Nate, 2016 RIDETZ Rider

May 10, 2016

In the month leading up to RIDETZ, we will introduce the wonderful, enthusiastic people who make up 2016’s team of adventurers. This way, you can learn about the riders before they leave, and then you can follow along on our blog for updates on their journeys as we post throughout the ride! They take off on June 18th for this once in a lifetime experience. Today, we are thrilled to introduce our amazing photographer, Nate Kaiser. 

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1. Where are you from?

My name is Nate Kaiser. I, along with my lovely wife Jaclyn, have been a full-time professional wedding and portrait photographer since 2002. I am a father to two amazingly challenging and inspiring children: my twelve-year-old daughter, Grace (who hopes to join me on a future RIDETZ someday!), and my eight-year-old son, Jasper. I was born and raised in Southern California, but after a few tastes of the midwest, we decided to move away from the west coast and relocate to Nashville, TN last year. I spend the majority of my time traveling to photograph weddings all over the country/world, shooting and developing black and white film at home, and riding bikes.

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2. What do you do for work?

I am a professional wedding and portrait photographer, and I’ve somehow managed to make a living for 14 years showing up to people’s weddings and homes with cameras.

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3. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Hike and explore this whole new city and region we’ve moved to, ride my bike, and shoot film of the ordinary and extraordinary bits of day-to-day life.

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4. Who is your inspiration in life?

I’m not sure I could name a single source of inspiration. I’m personally most inspired by anyone who lives for anything bigger than themselves, most particularly when that also impacts others. This is why the whole TFFT team inspires me greatly, and why I’ll happily travel any and all miles needed to spend with them.

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5. How did you hear about RIDETZ?

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to meet Meghann back in 2013. I say lucky because anyone who’s met Meghann can attest to the fact that she’s truly the very best and most inspiring kind of person you could ever hope to meet. Through meeting Meghann, I was also fortunate enough to meet Kaitlin and through the two of them, I was introduced to TFFT and RIDETZ and their inspiring vision for education in Tanzania. The ‘decision’ to donate my time and talent to RIDETZ really wasn’t much of a decision at all, more like just crossing my fingers and toes and hoping that I would be invited to photograph such an amazing journey back in 2014. Of course, when I was approached with the opportunity to document TFFT’s work, I jumped at the chance! A trip like RIDETZ is something I’ve dreamed of for years and longed for in my heart, and then all of the sudden, everything and everyone aligned. Lo and behold, everything I could have ever hoped to do was all just waiting for me to jump into!

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6. What inspired you to ride this June?

The ten days I spent on RIDETZ in 2014 and the week in TZ prior to the ride photographing the work of TFFT was quite possibly my favorite time of my life, so saying I’m ‘inspired’ to ride again in June is an understatement. Put me on a plane tomorrow!

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7. Are you celebrating any milestone with TFFT?

Well, I suppose RIDETZ 2016 being my second ride is a bit of a milestone. The fact that two years after my first RIDETZ, my legs still work well enough to move me on a bike counts as a personal milestone :).

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8. What is your favorite place to ride? (Besides Tanzania, of course!)

Luckily enough, when I hop out my front door and onto my bike, within 10 minutes, I’m on pristine two-lane country roads that stretch for endless miles. Absolute bliss…not quite riding in TZ bliss, but pretty close.

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Meet Kayleigh, 2016 RIDETZ Rider

May 6, 2016

In the six weeks leading up to RIDETZ, we will introduce the wonderful, enthusiastic people who make up 2016’s team of adventurers. This way, you can learn about the riders before they leave, and then you can follow along on our blog for updates on their journeys as we post throughout the ride! They take off on June 18th for this once in a lifetime experience. Today, we are thrilled to introduce first-time rider and dedicated supporter of TFFT, Kayleigh Macchirole.

1. Where are you from?

Hi, my names Kayleigh Macchirole! I’m from Greenport, New York, a small maritime town located on the East End of Long Island. Greenport is a summer town surrounded by local farms and Vineyards. I’m 23 Years old and graduated cum laude last May from Wagner College in Staten Island, where I received a bachelors of science in biopsychology.  

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2. What do you do for work?

I am currently a server/floor manager at a trendy restaurant in Greenport called American Beech. Like I said, I live in a summer town, so getting two weeks off for this trip in the middle of the busy season was not easy!

3. What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I’m usually doing something active.  I ran Division I track and field at Wagner, so I take my fitness seriously and try to be as active as I can.  I love going for runs and going to the gym. When I started training for the ride I discovered my love for spin classes and have been hooked ever since!

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On days that I am not working I usually try and go on some sort of adventure.  I like to explore NYC, but have made a few trips recently to Philly, Providence, Savannah, and Hilton Head Island. I Love sightseeing and doing touristy things!  This past winter I was able to visit the Mayan Ruins at Tulum, which was definitely one of my best explorations so far!

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4. Who is your inspiration in life?

My biggest inspiration would have to be my parents. They are the strongest people I know, and have overcome so many obstacles to get where they are today, and I could not be prouder.  They have supported me in everything I have ever done.  They have also been my biggest supporters for this trip.  Most parents would be a little hesitant if their 23 year old daughter proposed the idea to ride a bike across the country of Tanzania and camp out along the way.  So I am so grateful for their support and not thinking I was completely out of my mind!  They have also played a HUGE role in my fundraising efforts.  If it were not for them reaching out to our friends and family spreading the word about my trip I would not have raised half the money I did!

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5. How did you hear about RIDETZ?

Close family friends of mine have participated in the ride in past years and thought it would be a great fit for me!  One of these family friends is Denise, who is participating in the ride this year with us.

6. What inspired you to ride this June?

The physical challenge this ride entails is what initially inspired me, along with the fact that I get to explore Tanzania in a way that not many people get to see! Throughout years of track it was always so interesting to see the new ways that I could challenge myself and make myself stronger, both mentally and physically.  While running track I was a long sprinter, so this endurance ride is far from my comfort zone, but i’m excited for the challenge!

Along with challenging myself I love that being a part of this ride is about raising awareness for TFFT and giving back.  In the past, I have taken two missionary trips to El Salvador through a charity that sponsors children there with the intent to improve the quality of living for themselves and their families. There, we built houses and got to directly interact with children and families whose lives were being improved through the charity’s work. Taking part in trips like these really opens my eyes and give me a new perspective when I return home, and makes me realize how much I take for granted.  

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7. Are you celebrating any milestone with RIDETZ?

I’m celebrating my time off from school.  Im currently in the process of trying to decide what I ultimately want to do with my life and what direction I would like to take when it comes to continuing my education.  But in the meantime I’m trying to make as many memories and explore as much as I can before I decide to go to grad school.  

8. What is your favorite place to ride? (Besides Tanzania, of course!)

Like I mentioned, I’ve become minorly obsessed with spin classes, so I’m going to be honest, thats probably my favorite place to ride!  The energy and camaraderie in the class definitely makes me work my hardest.  However, when I’m not in spin I love riding anywhere near the water, which is pretty easy living on Long Island, I’m surrounded by it!

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