Taking fundraising norms to a new level, RIDE VS ONE hosted a special Ride Cycle Club spin class at the Vancouver Art Gallery on Friday night, followed by a Slow Jam Sundays (SJS) after party, all in support of imagine1day.
45 spin bikes were brought in to the Gallery’s famous rotunda, where Barbara Kruger’s artwork is on display, transforming the space into a one-of-a-kind spin studio.
After sweating through the night, doors opened to the city’s hottest party played by local DJs, SJS.
The night was put on by volunteers, and created by local philanthropist and entrepreneur Bettina Khan,as part of her efforts to raise $100,000 to build a school and three year sustainable education program in Tule Ade, Ethiopia.
“My intention was to move the community to act for a cause much greater than all of us,” Khan said in a release. “I am extremely excited by the growth of RIDE VS ONE and humbled by the generosity of everyone who contributed.”
Founded by Chip and Shannon Wilson, imagine1day transforms communities in Ethiopia with the goal of ensuring children have access to quality education, free of foreign aid, all by 2030.
“I had never experienced anything like this before,” said Joanna Riquett, founder of Hayo Magazine and a supporter of the event. “The setting couldn’t have been more perfect, the energy in the room was incredible, the art in the walls and floors was inspiring, the music was uplifting, and the instructors were very motivational.”