REGISTERED BAHAMIAN CHARITY
Ride for Hope Bahamas, a registered Charity in The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, was formally constituted in 2009. It was established for the purpose of raising money to support initiatives related to health, wellness and human development in The Bahamas. Ride for Hope’s designated focus is cancer. The organization’s flagship fundraiser is “The Ride for Hope” – now a twelve year old bike-a- thon held in the spring time in The Bahamas. The event includes a weekend full of events, riding, music, and great weather. Without exception, every dollar raised by participants is applied to programme support.
Ride for Hope Bahamas was co-founded by Stephen Holowesko and Susan Holowesko Larson. They tell the story that Stephen was doing a number of charity rides in the U.S. and Susan threw out the challenge to do one in and for the benefit of their own country, The Bahamas. The agreement between brother and sister was Stephen would ride and raise money and Susan would organize the event. Stephen and Susan emphasize the success of the Ride for Hope is largely due to the energy and support they received from family members enlisted to help and to a core group of corporate sponsors who believed in the potential of the event from day one and underwrote event expenses. One hundred and five riders participated in the inaugural event in 2006. To date, more than 3,000 cyclists have raised over 3 million dollars for cancer in the process.
THE BAHAMAS HOPE FOUNDATION
The Bahamas Hope Foundation (BHF) was established in 2009 by a group of concerned individuals motivated to contribute to cancer care, treatment and research in The Bahamas. BHF’s goal is to help channel resources to critical programs and initiatives in The Bahamas which enhance the treatment and care of persons battling cancer and which advance research into the cause and possible cure for cancer. The Bahamas Hope Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) entity, therefore contributions receive US Tax credit.