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Posts Tagged ‘The Ride For Missing Children’

The Riders Speak: Julieann Maciag

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Julieann Maciag, one of our Financial Services Representatives, shares with us what the Ride For Missing Children means to her , as well as the emotions that she feels as she has trained for this 100 mile event.

The ride means a few things to me…  One, a way to start healing after my father’s passing in January.  Secondly, being a Mom, it would devastate me if something happened to MY son.  I can only imagine what these parents and abducted children are going through.  And lastly, I never forgot when Sara Ann Wood was taken.  I was devastated for her and her family.  I remember buying a button with her face on it.  I wore that button every day for the longest time.  A couple weeks ago I found it while cleaning out my storage unit.  Of all the years to rediscover it, I find it THIS year, the year I am a first time rider.  Since then, it’s been with me each time I get on my bike and will wear it the day of the ride in her honor.  So this year, I ride for Sara, My Son, and my Dad.

The words that describes my feelings about the big day, Anxious, Impressed, & Emotional.  I’m anxious about making the whole way.  I am really impressed by the experience, and camaraderie of the other riders, and the precision the Shepard’s work in effort to help you train.  And I am emotional as I remember each time I get on my bike, the real reason we are all doing this.  For the abducted children and their parents.

What a Ride: Lori Nichols’ 1st Ride For Missing Children

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

First Source Federal Credit Union is a proud supporter and Luminary Sponsor for The Ride For Missing Children. We’d like to share some of the thoughts from our team members, whether they are first time riders or veterans, about what this event means to them.

What does this 100 mile Ride mean to you?

When I was first asked to participate in the ride, I wanted to immediately say yes but was still hesitant because I didn’t have a road bike nor did I think I could accomplish riding 94 miles!!! After very encouraging words from the First Source Riders in 2010, I was hooked and filled with excitement. Attending the pre-ride monthly meetings can be emotional yet so inspiring and uplifting. You realize how your efforts in fund-raising for this cause really pay off when you hear that a child has been recovered and it was because someone spotted a missing child poster. I am a mother of two beautiful children and could not imagine my life without them. I want to keep them safe and make other children’s lives safer. One of my favorite poems is the following: A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove…but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a CHILD.” This sums it up perfectly, I want to make a difference.

As a first time rider, what words describe how you are feeling about the big day?

I am really looking forward to the ride…..the words I would use to describe my feelings would be: Inspired, Nervous, Proud, Excited and Emotional. From what I hear, the children at the school stops are filled with energy and very excited to see all of the riders…this is what’s going to keep me going until the finish line.

How are you doing on the training rides?

I attended my first training ride this past weekend and completed 15.5 of the 18 miles. I did fall and got a little banged up but once I got myself back together, I got back on my bike and continued the ride to the end. I was feeling embarrassed but everyone kept encouraging me along the way and shepherds were riding alongside me to guide me with my shifting, etc. The more I ride, the more comfortable I feel and am looking forward to the upcoming practice rides.

Daryl Crouch to Ride for Missing Children in Albany

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

First Source employee, Daryl Crouch, is participating in the 3rd Annual Ride for Missing children – Greater Capital District in Albany on September 24th. After participating in this year’s Ride in Utica, this is what Daryl had to say:

“Being a first year rider I have really taken to the cause and purpose behind the ride. I have attended the closing ceremonies a number of times in years past with my own young children, but never saw all that went into making the ride a success. So many people doing so much to make sure our children are safe and bringing home those children that have gone missing. I wanted to do more to support the cause and give back a little more than just participate in the annual ride.”

The purpose of “The Ride” is to honor the memory of all missing children, to raise public awareness of the plight of all missing and exploited children and the need for child safety education, and to raise funds to support the missing children poster distribution process and mission of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

First Source Supports Missing Children Riders Walking for Cause

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

The 10th Annual Boilermaker Walk Committee has chosen NCMEC-NY/Mohawk Valley and The Ride for Missing Children to be their charity partner for the 2010 Walk, and as Luminary Sponsor of 2010’s Ride, First Source Federal Credit Union employees will be leading the way. First Source has encouraged employees and their families, a number of who were also Riders and Ride Volunteers, to participate in this wonderful cause.

First Source employees, along with Riders (wearing their Ride jerseys) and Ride Volunteers (wearing their NCMEC t-shirts), will participate as a group, navigating the grounds of the Masonic Care Community at The Boilermaker Expo on Saturday, July 10, 2010, from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm. This is the second year the Ride has been chosen as charity partner for the Walk.

Additionally, First Source employees will also be operating the Child Identification system at the Masonic Home during Boilermaker registration on Friday, July 9th. (more…)

What a Ride: A Recap

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

First Source was proud to be the Corporate Luminary Sponsor of The Ride For Missing Children-CNY 2010. In addition to our Corporate sponsorship, First Source employees raised even more on their own. All together First Source has contributed just under $23,000 to this years Ride.

In addition to our Rider participation our organization also has taken on the following responsibilities in volunteering for THe Ride and for the NAtional Center For Missing & Exploited Children:

  • 6 First Source employees trained to use NCMEC Child ID Kits
  • Volunteered at the Whims N Doodle Safety Event – Helping with Child ID Kits
  • Held our First Source Safety Day event – child ID Kits
  • Will be volunteering at the 2010 Boilermaker Kids Walk
  • Provided 13 Bike loans at 0% interest for Riders to get new bikes
  • Two First Source Riders went to the Troop D Barracks at 4:00 a.m. to help unload bikes the day of The Ride

A big Thank You goes out to all of our Staff and all of the Volunteers and Riders who made The Ride for Missing Children a resounding success. We’re proud of you and the impact you have in bringing missing children home.

What a Ride: Tom Neumann, EVP, COO reflects on The Ride For Missing Children

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Describe Your ride experience in one word:
INSPIRATION – The pre-ride meetings included inspiring stories about how families and children dealt with both positive and negative outcomes of missing or exploited children – encouraging me to learn more of how to help or deal with these situations as we emotionally prepared for the ride. The practice rides inspired me to keep training and help other riders as the RFMC training team was ALWAYS there for us – helping us physically prepare for the ride.

What did you take away from Friday’s ride?
I took away a much greater understanding and awareness of the tremendous commitment of all the volunteers, riders, affected families and children to “make our children safer”. It truly was much more than just a bicycle ride.

What missing child did you ride for and do you know their story?
I did not know a specific story. I took the opportunity to meet with one of the affected and recovered children (now an adult) at the closing ceremony – and to thank her for riding and sharing her story with us.

What was your favorite part of the day?
I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the day – my favorite part was riding through all the schools, spending time with the kids, and seeing the impact of the efforts to connect with and educate the elementary school children – every time we connect with them, they learn something more about the mission of making them safer.

Do you plan on riding next year and would you recommend the ride to others?
I definitely plan on riding next year and would recommend the experience to others willing to make the commitment to fully participate in all the pre-ride sessions and training – if you fully participate, you will learn so much about the NCMEC mission – and have great experiences with affected families, children, volunteers and riders that will have a lasting positive impact on your life.








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