Our Charity Partners
Ride It Forward partners with local and international charities as we travel the globe, helping to refurbish orphanages or if its bringing clean water and other life-saving assistance to the world’s most vulnerable communities.
Wellspring International Outreach
When Maria Fitzgerald and Neale Bayly went down to Hogar Belen, Peru, in 2008 to perform a medical mission for the Abandoned Children of Moquegua, they had no idea where it would lead.
Neale had met Maria’s brother, Father Giovanni Battaglini, in Peru many years earlier on a motorcycle adventure ride, and became connected with Maria after his death in 2001. As part of his work in Peru, Father Gio had cared for many orphans around the country, and Maria had been fundraising for him to help the children of Hogar Belen for many years. On their return from Peru, Neale and Maria decided to form Wellspring International Outreach, to further fundraising efforts for the children in both South America and in Maria’s native Canada.
Since that initial trip to Peru, Neale and Maria, through Wellspring, have been providing support for the children, including building a bridge across the dangerous river that separates Hogar from the town of Moquegua and a new bakery and commercial oven for bread baking.
In 2013, Neale led a motorcycle ride that was filmed for American television. In his show, “Neale Bayly Rides: Peru,” the riders arrived at the orphanage to raise money and awareness for the children. Neale and Wellspring have since adopted another project in White River, South Africa, including building homes for orphaned children. This year, 2016, Wellspring will build a community kitchen in South Africa and assess some smaller projects for the children of Hogar Belen.
Motorcycle Relief Project
Motorcycle Relief Project is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides relief to veterans and first responders with PTSD and other injuries by taking them on structured and professionally led multi-day motorcycle adventure tours.Tom Larson is President & Founder of Motorcycle Relief Project.
Prior to founding Motorcycle Relief Project, Tom served as the founder and president of Healing Waters International, a nonprofit organization that provides clean drinking water to people in developing countries. Tom also served a stint as Executive Director of Zambikes, a nonprofit that provides bicycle and motorcycle ambulance trailers to villages in rural Africa. Before working in the nonprofit sector Tom worked as an advertising writer. Tom has significant experience in nonprofit management, advertising and marketing and holds a BA in English Lit/Creative Writing from Bethel University.