Ride for a Reason 2019
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Goal $3,500.00


Dear friends,  

California’s economy is the fifth largest in the world yet we provide funding far below the national average and have the largest class sizes in the nation.  We must do more to support our schools.

That is why I am riding my bike 109-miles from Oakland to the State Capitol on April 27 – to draw attention to California’s education funding crisis, and to raise funds for enrichment programs in ten wonderful Oakland public schools.  Ride for a Reason (R4R), now in its eleventh year, has raised more than $900,000 for Oakland public schools.  Last year, 270 riders pedaled to Sacramento and working together raised about $150,000.  This year our goals are 300 riders and $170,000.

More than half the students at each school we support, qualify for free- or reduced-price lunches, and at eight of our schools the percentage that qualify is greater than 80%.  Many of our schools don’t have a PTA, and R4R is their largest fundraising event.  Examples of programs we support include:

  1. A social-emotional counselor and an after-school soccer club at Oakland International High School, where all students are recent immigrants and English-language learners, and many are refugees fleeing violence; and

  2. Field trips and an outdoor education programs at Roosevelt Middle, including a whitewater rafting trip on the South Fork of the American River.

  3. A bike tour along the California Coast, where 25 high school seniors at Life Academy will learn and grow together while pedaling from Redwood National Park to San Francisco.

Please make a generous donation to show your support enrichment programs in Oakland public schools.  All donations are 100% tax-deductible.  To donate, please click on the following link:  



  • Jeffrey (about 3 weeks ago)

    I’m sorry that I missed another year, Mike. Thank you for all that you do.

  • Jennifer (about 3 weeks ago)

    Let's do this!

  • Bruce (about 3 weeks ago)

    Go for it, Mike!

  • Mika Hiramatsu and John (about 3 weeks ago)

    Thank you, Mike!

  • Cecilio (about 4 weeks ago)

    Go Mike!

  • Matthew (about a month ago)

    Thanks, Mike, for your dedication to this important cause.

  • Richard (about a month ago)

    Thanks so much for your commitment over all these years

  • Kevin (about a month ago)

    Thanks for all your support for Oakland schools

  • Anna (about a month ago)

    Go Mike! Thanks for riding.

  • Steve (about a month ago)

    Love you Brother! Proud of your efforts!

  • Linda (about a month ago)

    Thanks for continuing to support Oakland schools, Mike.

  • Philip (about a month ago)


  • Joe (about a month ago)


  • Sandi (about a month ago)

    Have a great ride!

  • Tamarin (about a month ago)

    Keep riding, Mike!

  • Bruce (about a month ago)

    Good work Mike!

  • Dirk (about a month ago)

    Go Mike! And don't wait for me, Ill catch you in Sacratomato!

  • Sarah (about a month ago)

    You're a rock star, Mike!!! Thanks for all that you do. 'Not Fade Away' :)

  • Jan (about a month ago)

    You're and your team are amazing!

  • Bruce (about a month ago)

    Glad to see you are still doing this, Mike!

  • Janet (about a month ago)

    This is a great cause, Mike! Thank you!

  • Lindsay (about a month ago)

    Thanks for doing this!

  • Setenay & Ken (about a month ago)

    Thank you for riding for a great cause!

  • Judy (about a month ago)

    We appreciate your efforts to continue supporting Oakland schools!

  • Elinor (about a month ago)

    Thank you for riding

  • Elizabeth (about a month ago)

    Go Mike! Happy to sponsor you and support public schools and kids.

  • Mike (about a month ago)

    Make this the best R4R ever!

My Status
Number of pledges received: 39
Goal achievement: 100%
Number of page visits: 474
Days since event: 11

Event Information
What: Ride for a Reason 2019
Where: Oakland Tech High School
When: Friday May 10, 2019 at 05:30 AM

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