Riding for a Cause – Jonathan Wright, Bridges of Hope

Why did you decide to do the ride? Achieve a personal goal? Increase your endurance? Try something new? First-time BASC rider Jonathan Wright is taking his ride to the next level by using it to raise money for Bridges of Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides grief support to children, teens & families.

“We provide safe group settings – through camps, school groups, family workshops, & community events – where children, teens & their families can learn, connect, share & grow after the death of a loved one.” Jonathan has been the executive director at Bridges of Hope for the past 5 years and continues to help grow awareness and funding for this great cause.

With a personal connection to grief support work, Jonathan has found a way to look on the bright side of some not so bright experiences.

“While their stories of loss can be heart-wrenching, it is incredibly rewarding to watch them re-blossom as they connect with kids who ‘get it’ and are allowed to explore & express the difficult emotions they are experiencing. Yes, there are many tears, but there are even more smiles and laughter as they begin being kids again.”

Why choose Bicycle Across South Carolina?

Aside from the fundraising, Jonathan views this ride as a milestone for personal achievement. The mileage and endurance will be a new physical challenge for Jonathan as he looks for new ways to stay in shape as he recently turned 50! “…since I’ve never done a ride of any significant distance, I really appreciate the esprit de corps of the “it’s a ride not a race” approach.”

Help Support Jonathan and Bridges of Hope

In support of Jonathan and Bridges of Hope, Bicycle Across South Carolina wanted to tell his story and encourage fellow riders to spread the word and make referrals if you know a child/teen who could benefit from these services. Donations and volunteers are also much appreciated! To learn more about how to be involved, visit www.BridgesSC.org. To support Jonathan’s fundraising for grief support through BASC 2021, visit https://bit.ly/SponsorJDubsRide.

We’ll also be accepting donations when you register for Bicycle Across South Carolina at BicycleAcrossSouthCarolina.com/register