Help Victor complete the final leg
NEW YORK – Don Victor Mooney completed a two-hundred and fifty-mile bike ride from Queens to Montauk Point to Queens last week towing a bike trailer with trees, 5 X 7 artificial grass rolled up, two soccer goals and a soccer ball weighing nearly three hundred pounds.
The four-day bike ride was in tribute to Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nayhan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi and founder father of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in commemoration for Year of Zayed. Sheikh Zayed died in 2004.
Consistent with the values of the late Sheikh Zayed, the Year of Zayed involves people of all ages, nationalities, faiths and backgrounds in the UAE and internationally. For one New Yorker, he has dubbed his initiative as The Zayed Mile with a focus of sharing the founding father's environmental legacy.
Multiple flat tires, damage spokes, broken bike derailleur and summer heat didn’t deter Don Victor Mooney in completing his mission. Good Samaritans helped him along the way and law enforcement provided safety escort when needed.
Don Victor Mooney rode from his home in Queens to Saint Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan for prayer, then proceeded to the United Nations Headquarters, where he set up his portable soccer field one more time where tourists, UN employees, diplomats, and locals sign his banner and scored goals for humanity.
Afterwards, Don Victor Mooney received a proclamation from the Honorable Gale A. Brewer, President, Borough of Manhattan, and two citations from the Honorable Ruben Diaz Jr., President, Borough of the Bronx and the Honorable Eric L. Adams, President, Borough of Brooklyn, respectfully.
The awards, bicycle and trailer will be presented to the Year of Zayed organizers. Now, I just need to service the bike and get to the UAE, said Don Victor Mooney.
A grassroot effort has been launched to help Victor complete the final leg of his tribute to Sheikh Zayed with a bike ride and tree planting program from Dubai to Abu Dhabi. For more visit www.thezayedmile.info .