3 Days, 4 Road-bikes, hundreds of kilometers… and helping those, who need it.
The tradition of the Prague – Klinovec bike ride is dated to 2016. It started symbolically in two: 2 bikes, 2 bikers and 2 days of cruel ride. As a result, there were 365 kilometres and 3200 meters of ascent at the end of the weekend. In 2017 the event was prolonged for 3 days and 4 bikers participated, which resulted into 480 kilometres and an ascent of 6165 meters. The third year took place in the beginning of August in the proven formation of four and the first time it had a charity aspect too. We decided to help the little Daniel, here is his story…
My sister Helenka and Daniel
My sister Helenka was born with a happy character. Courageous and curious little girl, cheeky and live teenager, keeping the parents in a permanent but adequate stress. Our shine. I will never forget the day when I was told after her dancing class that her huckle-bone is bloated, that she does not feel well and she has fever, the day, when I started to feel suspicious that it could be leukemia. The day that changed everything. The fight, which followed was extremely hard, for Helenka, for us, for all who loved her. It took 30 years.
She decided not giving up. She refused to be a „sick poor thing“. She had many health complications but the most she wanted to live and she did live all the years, as nothing would be happening. She graduated, developed, worked, travelled, married, got divorces, married again… we laughed together, argued and supported each other. She was a real example, like a huge boat, which suddenly started to lose the sail and mast, but never, never gives up and keeps sailing. Few years ago, this boat dropped the anchor. She arranged a mortgage and bought a flat, established it… it was supposed to be the nest where she, together with her husband, would raise their kid. Daniel was born on 11 November 2014. Our happiness could not be measured.
There was no happy-end. Perhaps the consequences of the previous battles, perhaps the malicious destiny. Helenka died on 4 March 2018. She did not complain, until the very last breath she was hoping this is not the end, that she will beat the disfavor and that the boat will KEEP SAILING.
Our pain is uncountable.
Daniel will become 4. He has his father, grandmothers, grandfather; he has my son and me. I established a bank account, which I administrate. It is my intention to use part of the money in 3 years for paying out the mortgage for the flat in which he lives, the rest will be ready once he is older. The account is relegated to Daniel already now. We are taking care of him as much as we can.
It is not my intention for you to feel obliged and bounded to contribute. The account is for you, those who really want to donate. I thank you from heart. On behalf of Daniel, on behalf of my sister Helenka.
Entry fee for every of the four bikers was 500 CZK and for every kilometre of ride we would have donated 1 CZK. The whole event took place under the shadow of the company Sabris. During 3 days of extreme road cycling, we experienced: horrible hot weather, never-ending hills, all the time surrounding storms (never caught us!!!)… Sweat, anger, tears, disgust and our asses rubbed-down to the maximum (not kidding!). The same time there was a lot of pleasure from the ride, amazing country and views and mainly, GREAT FEELING that all the effort was for someone, who really needs our help.
The four bikers cycled all together 1781 kilometres – at the end we decided to increase the contribution to 3000 CZK per head. Together with the help from the company Sabris and last but not least, other generous people who also contributed, we all together helped to collect something around 20.000 CZK!
UPDATE September 2018: WE COLLECTED FOR DANIEL 26.200 CZK!!!
Daniel’s account is still alive and if you wish, you can contribute:
974 232 010/2700
Write into the notes: Praha Klinovec 2018