Red Socks is Back
Red Socks is back, with it been twenty five years since I last participated in a Bike for Bibles event 1993.
After emigrating to Australia 1970 resided in Toowoomba, Queensland where as a trained psychiatric nurse employed at Baillie Henderson Hospital.
A dramatic Born Again experience on November 1st 1980 was to completely turn my life around, from a lonely, introverted shy timid person, with no prowess to any sporting abilities to one suddenly filled joy, happiness and energy to reach outstanding achievement’s which were far beyond imagination. My first calling was to the Salvation Army creating rapid expansions and close relationships in many areas. It was at this time my seven year old son took an interest road running, I was persuaded to join and within four years had completed many long distance runs. To celebrate my 50th I planned to run a super marathon 50ks. It then I was attracted to a flyer on the citadel notice board which read “ More than a Marathon “ having no idea at time what it was about. Made contact with the late Alan Banks, who after a long chat and set goals I needed to reach before the ride. His last question was where would like to ride to, my immediate answer, Canberra!, not realising the duel ride would be 2300klm in 1988 having never cycled more than 40k. This was the first time of coming to know of the Bible Society and it’s functions. It was on this ride I acquired the name ‘ Red Socks’ A sponsor owned a gents outfitters and said he would not give money but I could have anything to help on the ride, four pair of red socks was part, and part of me on the following six years. Which included to Adelaide and Canberra(2) and others, but the most significant memorable was the 1991 CYCROSS AUSTRALIA- 4252klms, age 54, raising $10,000
Now in my 80th year I have the privilege of becoming a member of Great Southern Slopes team as a STATIC rider on my newly acquired DKN-AM-E Technology. The incentive to participate came about from my Salvation Army officer who is South African born and bred suggested I needed a cause to fund raise for and my continuing contact and donations since returning to U.K 1995. The choice became simple BFB. I am a duel citizen. Received the Australia Day Citizen Medal for services to Nursing, Bible Society- Bike for Bibles and Salvation Army and the community of Toowoomba. My strong Christian beliefs state that ‘ I can do all things through Him who strengths me .’ Compete to complete. The BFB motto is ‘ Through our spokes God speaks ‘ which He as to me many times. I have many testimonies to share on experiences I had on my BFB rides. So is with much prayer, thoughtful anticipation and Love, that I ask if you will support and Sponsor me in this mission. My list of priorities have always been first to God, to the people who benefit from what I do and have done, then my sponsors give me reason to succeed, not forgetting Roadies( no Roadies no ride) who have put their faith, and trust in me. Now in my twilight years, having retired from nursing at 73yrs Lived with my partner Celia fourteen years the later five taken up with increasing caring needs for her twenty four hour, the Static bike allows me to do the two things nearest to my heart, Caring and Sharing in answer to Gods calling on my life of which I want to continue to do. I will truly and honestly record my progress to co-inside the finish 19th Oct. My main sustenance is The Word, Isiah 40, 27-30,
I thank you most sincerely for your sponsorship donations and may you be truly Blest.
I'm raising funds for the Bible Society and I'd love your support.
I'm fundraising for the Bible Society by challenging myself to ride 920km on my Static DKN Exercise Bike over 28 days + 4 Rest days.Due to my age 81 and caring for partner, leaves me to cover the distance at an average of 38klms a day, the target I would like to reach is 1000k The funds I raise will support Bible Society's Bible-based Literacy project in South Africa.
The purpose of this project is to teach basic literacy skills to pre-school to Grade 2 children in disadvantaged areas. This should assist them greatly with their formal education through the school system. As well as promoting literacy, the project will also help children know and understand the Bible at a very early age.
We hope to supply 250,000 booklets free of charge in the 11 languages spoken in South Africa. Will you help me make a difference?
Thank you to my Sponsors
Major Barbara Lang