Bike to GROW hits fundraising goal, raises the bar

 Bike to GROW hits fundraising goal, raises the bar
Women set new goal with 2,000 km to go

Waterloo, ON – Sarah French and Mary Fehr, two amazing young women biking across Canada to raise money for MEDA’s GROW (Greater Rural Opportunities for Women in Ghana) project, have just reached their $150,000 fundraising goal.

“We’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ve hit our goal, but we’re not done biking yet!” said French.

Fehr echoed French’s comments. “We have about 2,000 kilometres and three provinces to go, so we don’t want to lose our momentum. A lot of people have expressed interest in supporting the ride, so we’re raising the bar to $175,000!”

Bike to GROW, their cross-country ride in the name of women’s empowerment, started in Victoria, BC, May 18. Since kicking off their trip, Fehr and French have cycled over 6,000 kilometres. Some riding days included biking 150 kilometres in inclement weather.

“It’s been awesome to watch Sarah and Mary’s progression over the last few months. Their passion for empowering women in Ghana is infectious, and their fervor for promoting MEDA’s work is humbling,” says Ethan Eshbach, coordinator of engagement initiatives at MEDA.

Christine Faveri, director of MEDA’s Women’s Economic Opportunities team, applauds the Bike to GROW team’s tenacity and commitment.  “It is so inspirational to watch these young women reach their own personal and fundraising goals. We are grateful for their enthusiasm to support our GROW team in Ghana. We know how empowering women changes lives, and Sarah and Mary are a testament to that.”    

Mary and Sarah will complete their ride Sept. 1 in St. John’s, Newfoundland. A celebration of their incredible accomplishments will take place in Leamington, ON, Sept. 5.

About Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA)
MEDA is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty. Founded in 1953 by a group of Mennonite business professionals, we partner with the poor to start or grow small and medium-sized businesses in developing regions around the world. Our expertise includes a full range of economic development tools: financial services, improved technology, business training, better access to markets and equity investment. Our work most often focuses on women, youth and the rural poor. We believe that all people deserve the opportunity to earn a livelihood and that unleashing entrepreneurship is a powerful way to alleviate poverty.


About GROW
MEDA's Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project in Ghana's Upper West partners with local NGOs to improve food security by helping women grow more nutritious food, adopt simple irrigation systems to increase their yields and connect with markets. Women are learning better farming techniques, enjoying greater food security and a better variety of nutritious food, and gaining awareness of the benefits of a safe and nutritious diet.

About Bike to GROW

Sarah French and Mary Fehr are former MEDA interns from Canada. After their internship experiences in Nicaragua and Tanzania, Sarah and Mary felt compelled to support the work of MEDA, and specifically MEDA’s work with women entrepreneurs. That’s why in summer 2015, Sarah and Mary will bike across Canada—a distance of 8,710 km—to raise $150,000 for women in Ghana through MEDA’s GROW project. Their journey, entitled Bike to GROW, represents the struggles that women in developing nations experience on a daily basis

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For more information, please contact:
Linda Whitmore - lwhitmore@meda.org
Ethan Eshbach – eeshbach@meda.org                  

519-725-1633