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Donor Offers $100,000 Gift Match to Support Scotty’s Ride

Scotty Parker trains for his ride across America to raise money for safe water.

Updated | Feb 28, 2017
Scotty Parker, a seventh grader from Hanahan, South Carolina, is on a mission to raise awareness of the 1.8 billion people around the world who lack access to safe water. Two years ago, he rode his bike across the state of South Carolina and raised over $70,000 to draw attention to the crisis and help bring safe water solutions to communities in Honduras.

Now, Scotty is training for his biggest challenge yet: a coast-to-coast bike ride, from Santa Monica CA to Charleston SC, this summer. He will set out in June and return in August, with a personal goal of raising $500,000.

A donor has offered a $100,000 match to help fund Scotty's Ride for Water.

To boost his fundraising efforts, an anonymous donor announced a $100,000 matching gift for every dollar raised to help Scotty achieve his goal.

“I was inspired by Scotty’s big goal and his heartfelt trust in God. Hopefully others are motivated by his personal sacrifice to help him raise funds that will deliver more safe water around the world.”

~ anonymous donor

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His Inspiration
Scotty’s heart breaks for the children around the world who have to drink dirty water, making them sick and unable to attend school.  “I am motivated to ride each and every mile so that we can see the beaming smiles of thousands of children tasting safe water for the very first time,” says Scotty.

Scotty Parker wrote letters to invite leaders in the community to bike with him as he raises awareness for the global water crisis.
Scotty wrote letters to prominent leaders in the community, inviting them to partner with him in combating the global water crisis.

Training Like a Pro
Scotty logs about 100 cycling miles per week for training and combines running and swimming into his routine while studying for school. In 2016, he biked nearly 3,800 training miles, ran several sprint triathlons and a half marathon. Scotty and his family spend weekends, breaks, and school nights preparing for the ride by cycling through South Carolina, ascending mountains in Asheville, and navigating the Northeast on bikes to build stamina and perseverance.

Scotty will finish his ride and be welcomed by family and supporters at Water Mission’s headquarters in North Charleston sometime in August. View his biking route across 11 states and follow his blog at scottysride.com.

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Original Blog Release | January 12, 2017

Scotty Parker, a seventh grader from Charleston, is on a mission to raise awareness of the 1.8 billion people around the world who lack access to safe water. If you ever met Scotty, you’d know right away that not much holds him back and that his faith, ambition and family fuel his mission.

Scotty Parker rides his bike to raise money for safe water with Water Mission.
When Scotty was 10 years old, he rode his bike across the state of South Carolina and raised over $70,000 to draw his home state’s attention to the global water crisis and help bring safe water systems to communities in Honduras.

After Scotty’s first ride, his mother Pam was quoted in The Post and Courier, saying,
“We’re all a little nervous about what he might do next.” But even Pam couldn’t have seen the magnitude of Scotty’s next ride coming.

Scotty Parker rides his bike to raise money for safe water with Water Mission.

Now, as a 12-year-old, his sights are even higher.

Today, Scotty is training for his biggest challenge yet: a coast-to-coast bike ride from Santa Monica, CA, across 11 states to Charleston, SC, this summer. He will set out in June and return in August, and he has a personal goal of raising $500,000.  The final stretch of his 3,300 miles will be to cheering fans and donors at Water Mission’s North Charleston headquarters on the Old Navy Base.

Scotty Parker rides his bike to raise money for safe water with Water Mission.

Scotty’s heart breaks for the children around the world who have to drink dirty water, making them sick and unable to attend school.

The funds he raises will go directly to making sure that thousands of children will never have to drink unsafe water again.   Give to Scotty’s Ride

“This ride is not about me or my own achievement, but about the children all over the world receiving safe water for the first time.”

– Scotty Parker

You might question a 12-year-old’s ability, commitment, and stamina to go big for such a worthy cause. But once you meet him and the Parker family, you understand that not much deters his passion.

Scotty logs about 100 cycling miles per week for training, in addition to running, swimming, and most importantly, school. In 2016, he biked nearly 3,800 training miles, ran several sprint triathlons and a half marathon (355 miles total), and finished the first half of seventh grade.

It’s a family affair because his parents, Pam and Steve Parker, spend weekends, breaks, and school nights preparing for the ride by cycling through South Carolina, ascending mountains in Asheville, and navigating the Northeast on bikes to build stamina and perseverance. And, his two sisters, are his biggest cheerleaders and take an active role in spreading awareness of his ride in their Hanahan community.

As he traverses the Smokey Mountains and crosses the Mojave Desert, the motivation that pushes Scotty to ride each and every mile is found in the beaming smiles of children tasting safe water for the very first time.

Our prayers of protection, guidance and encouragement blanket Scotty on a daily basis at Water Mission. My colleagues and I marvel and rejoice in his example – at a very young age – to make an impact on the global water crisis.

If you are interested in following his biking journey that begins June 2017 across 11 states, bookmark scottysride.com and follow his Instagram.

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