Dunstan’s history with 24 Foundation began in 2006 after taking up cycling as a common hobby to enjoy with his father. At the same time, he was looking to get involved with a local charity focused on putting others first. It did not take long for Dunstan to fall in love with the sport, as well as the ability to combine charity and cycling to make a positive impact on the cancer community. In fact, he has participated in the event for the last nine years, only missing one along the way.
His team is primarily average riders, including men and women of all ages who have all in some way been touched by cancer.
“That’s not to say we’ve all been diagnosed with cancer. It is to say we’ve all had close relatives or friends who are currently fighting hard to beat this terrible disease or have lost their lives to cancer,” Dunstan said.
Team Spokes N’ Mirrors do not take themselves too seriously, but strive to support those who need our help battling cancer, increase their fundraising and have fun doing it. Their team name was founded by long time member Trigg Cherry over a beer, “Spokes” replaces the word “Smoke” in the well known phrase “Smoke N’ Mirrors.”
As a team, their goal is to raise $25,000 and individually each team member is responsible for raising $1,000. To reach these goals they involve the community by partnering with restaurants, breweries and other local establishments to host an event each year that ties in food and beverages. Ticket sales and donations go toward their fundraising goals. Some locations that have been part of their cause in the past are Leroy Fox, Cowbell and George’s Brasserie. This year, they are planning to work with Sugar Creek Brewery.
To help promote their fundraising efforts, Dunstan said, “We utilize the awesome tools 24 Foundation provides in the email marketing and personal fundraising pages to raise money, as well as social media.”
Many team members of Spokes N’ Mirrors set mileage goals on a personal level. For most members, the ride represents time to clock in some miles, but also to relax, hang out and have fun in Bootyville. The team values their time together since they all worked so hard to raise money leading up to the event. Dunstan personally enjoys the camaraderie in such a successful and positive event.
“It’s a beautiful thing to see people come together for a great cause,” Dunstan said. “My involvement has helped me discover that a community is formed by the willingness each of us to share in the responsibility for upholding the common good.”
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