Promoting random acts of kindness and how it all came about with The Big Red Scooter Project Foundation
For years I have been volunteering. From refurbishing bicycles to give away at the Christmas Toy Shop in St. Petersburg, to landscape maintenance at the Lemur Conservation center in Myakka, to packing meals for home bound AIDS patients in Washington, to creating the James Dean Byrd Foundation to raise funds for a small village school in Ecuador to help change a few lives. But now, I wanted something different. Something that did good, but had no pressure to perform. I would not have to worry that I did not repair enough bikes or did not raise enough money for the school to stay open. I guess I wanted charitable freedom.
I was discussing this with my friend Rich Luker, of the ESPN Sports Poll fame and a great promoter of small community, and he said “why not the Big Red Scooter Foundation/Project”. I have, for several years now, ridden my scooters across the United States and in other places around the world, usually raising money for the charities that I am working with at that time. Many people read my blogs about these adventures and tell me that they greatly enjoy travelling vicariously through me on these trips. So, why not let them vicariously enjoy the good feeling of giving along with me.
The Big Red Scooter Project's mission is to give help to those in need as I or others ride across America. It may be a young child in one town or a elder person in the next or a small community project. Random acts of kindness or paying it forward. In towns and rural areas we will search out these people and projects and try to choose deserving causes. The amount given will depend on the amount of money raised, but in the beginning I imagine the amounts will be in the range of $20 to $100. These may seem like small amounts to some people, but to many it will determine if they eat that day or have their medicine or have heat.
Just as important is promoting others to also do random acts of kindness.
So, come ride along. Contribute if you wish or we will help you set up your own project for giving. If you give, 100% of your money will go to a random act of kindness.
the big red scooters
Our Board of Directors.
Dr. Scott Beard, Dean of Graduate Studies, Shepard University
Alan Gibson, Richfield Farm, Harpers Ferry, WVa.
Deb Hensley, esq.
Rich Luker, CEO Luker on Trends