Divine Ride IV cancelled due to weather

Aug. 14, 2014 @ 10:45 AM

The memo Friday afternoon was simple enough.
“The danger of wet streets and skinny bike tires is too great, therefore the DIVINE RIDE IV IS BEING CANCELLED.”
Unfortunately, the difficulty of the issue the Divine Ride attempts to tackle is anything but simple. Tracy Brinkley, founder of Project Divine Interruption, hopes the community will not allow Saturday's washout to disrupt the progress that is being made to provide food and school supplies for the children of Thomasville City Schools.
“This decision was not made lightly as the ultimate purpose of pedaling in the morning is for our homeless children of Project Divine Interruption,” Brinkley said. “Their need has not been washed away. I will present updates on PDI to the Memorial United Methodist Church family Aug. 13.”
The Divine Ride started in August 2010 when Russ Gobble, president and CEO of the American Children's Home, organized an event to help Brinkley with mounting medical expenses. Brinkley, who organizes several MUMC projects, continued the legacy of that first event by renaming the annual cycling adventure that features 10, 30 and 50-mile courses which begin and end at the church.
For the last two years, the event brought cyclists from all around to the Chair City in support of 100 students in the TCS district considered by federal standards to be homeless. The hope is to ultimately bring these children from poverty to sustainability.
Due to the event's cancellation, Brinkley is concerned those who were willing and prepared to participate Saturday might get back to the routine and forget to extend their contributions.
“This event brings the community together in a different way than other events,” Brinkley said.
She expressed her remorse for having to cancel to those who have followed the ride faithfully on Facebook. Some even showed up for the ride, having not received the memo for the cancellation.
“My sincerest apologies for your travel to The Divine Ride IV this morning,” Brinkley said. “We tried getting the cancellation notice out across all networks. Thank you for your efforts on behalf of the kiddos of Project Divine Interruption.”
Brinkley is still collecting non-perishable food items for Cooperative Community Ministries. Last year, over 700 pounds of food were collected. Anyone interested in contributing a love offering to assist children with back-to-school needs may write a check to Memorial United Methodist Church with "The Divine Ride IV" in the memo and mail to Brinkley at 413 Heitman Rd. in Thomasville.

Staff Writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 888-3578, or at kennedy@tvilletimes.