Cycling for healthcare in Baja
We’re riding in the famous Rosarito-Ensenada bike race again this spring! Riders from Siloé and Strong Tower Ministries will participate in the 50-mile race in May in support of healthcare and education for poor communities in Baja, Mexico. Would you like to ride with us or sponsor our riders? Join us (lodging for a nominal fee of $10 a night per person), or just meet us in Rosarito. Arrangements can be made to carpool / caravan with me from NorCal or to meet in San Diego.
The Rosarito-Ensenada bike race attracts thousands of riders every year. The course covers 50 miles along the coast and through Mexican villages and wide-open ranches. The race also right past the site of the Wellness Center project in La Mision!
Currently, our team includes beginners and experienced cyclists —all committed to having fun, being safe, and raising support for a great organization.
Participants thus far:
Brendan Mayer - Siloé Ministries
Dr. Daniel Polo - Siloé Ministries - Mexican Dentist
Jim Kirk-Johnson - Strong Tower Ministries
Come ride with us! We will provide transportation to/from the race and a carne asada barbecue after the race.The Cause
Siloé Ministries has provided free medical care and health education in Baja, Mexico since 2008. Last year they saw more than 2,300 needy patients out of two small, cramped rooms in the basement of their local church. They’re currently building a permanent home for their ministry--a 6,000 square-foot Wellness Center in the heart of their village. In addition to a community medical and dental clinic, the Wellness Center will serve as a regional hub for Christ-centered family counseling and responsible medical missions training. Our goal is to raise $5,000 for Siloé that will help them complete Phase III construction of the Wellness Center. In fact, $5,000 will provide the fund needed for cabinetry in the dental center, procedure room, and exam rooms.
La Mision is a quiet farming and ranching community located on the Baja coastline halfway between Rosarito and Ensenada–approximately one hour south of the U.S. border. Home to roughly 5,000 people, La Mision is a 40-minute drive in either direction to a hospital--a significant barrier to healthcare for many families that lack means of transportation.
Unemployment is high, and good jobs are hard to come by. For those fortunate enough to have work, the average wage is $15 per day. The value of the peso has fallen sharply in recent years, and costs from gasoline to utilities have risen, making it even harder for families to make ends meet. Siloé Clinic provides free healthcare services to families who otherwise simply would not be able to afford basic medical and dental care.
Wellness Center Project
Thank you to those that donated and sponsored our riders! Your gift truly makes an impact for underserved communities in Baja.
All U.S. contributions are tax deductible.
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Once again, thank you to everyone who donated to this campaign! Saturday's event was a huge success, with 10 riders representing Siloé in the 50-mile ride. Despite some unseasonably cold weather, we all had a great time alongside several thousand other participants from around the world. Thanks to your sponsorship, we have now raised more than $4,000, which will be designated toward cabinetry/furnishings in our new community clinic in La Mision (which will "soft open" this fall). I am continually amazed by the hundreds of volunteers and donors that have caught our vision for providing free medical care, health education and Christian counseling services to needy families in Baja, Mexico. We could not do this without your support! We plan to keep building on this new tradition into the future! Stay tuned for more information about the next Rosarito-Ensenada bike ride, and opportunities to participate. God Bless, Brendan Mayer, Co-Founder Siloé Ministries
A huge thank you to everyone who helped sponsor our first ride! Our project is only possible because of individuals like you, and even the smallest gifts mean we are one step closer to completing our Community Wellness Center in La Mision. Given the success of the first ride, we are excited to continue the tradition again in September. We'd love you to join us!
I wish I was a better cyclist! I would bike too!
Looks like I will be going after all. Credit Glenn Kashiwamura for his persistent "encouragement". Looking forward to it!