Many of the ride’s loyal participants – both in Israel and abroad – decided that they were not willing to give in or give up. They wanted to continue riding and fundraising for ALYN. A virtual option, #MyALYNRide, was introduced, allowing cyclists to choose a personal challenge and ride at home or in self-organized independent #MyALYNRide events in small groups.
One such group was a group of 20 Israeli riders, who rode 200 kilometers off-road over a period of three intense days, from the village of Ketura in the Negev to Eilat on the newly-established Israel Bike Path. In view of the restrictions, they did not stay in hotels or enjoy the amenities offered in hotels in a normal year, and instead camped in tents and provided their own food. The goal was simple: to maintain the annual tradition of the ride and to encourage their donors to continue supporting the needs of ALYN Hospital, which are all the more critical this year.
The groups’ donors were incredibly supportive and generous. To date, this group of 20 riders alone has raised over $150,000. Together, #MyALYNRide participants have raised over $1.5 million – a staggering sum, underscoring the strong bonds which have been established over the years between the hospital, the riders and their donors.