Ride for Restaurants
A virtual bike ride fundraiser to support the independent restaurant industry, which has been decimated by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Cycle 12.5 miles, 25 miles or 50 miles between June 8 and June 14 over a local route of your choosing, or even on a stationary bike, and help out people in the food and beverage community.
A virtual bike ride fundraiser to support the independent restaurant industry, which has been decimated by the Covid-19 Pandemic. The proceeds of this event will be donated to the James Beard Foundation’s Open for Good fund and the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation relief fund, which is managed by a charitable organization called Southern Smoke.
Choose from 12.5, 25, 50 mile options, to be completed any time between June 8 to June 14. Everyone who signs up will receive a unique Ride for Restaurants neck gaiter to wear proudly to show your support!
You can choose to do the ride locally, where the route is up to you, or even on a trainer or stationary bike. Check out our rider resources page if you need some help working out a suitable route near you that will cover the appropriate distance. Or head over to our Facebook page and ask other virtual riders for their advice.
We would love you to spread the word too. The more people taking part, the more money is raised for this great cause. So please share this page with friends that you think might be interested, tweet about it, or share your ride photos on Instagram or Pinterest. Use the hashtag #RideForRestaurants for your tweets and photos and we’ll keep an eye out for them too.
If you decide to take part, thank you so much on behalf of Ride for Restaurants. Your contribution will provide much-needed help to those who really need it.
What is a Virtual Ride?
Not sure what a Virtual Ride is? Simply put, it’s your own, personalised charity bike ride. All you need to do is sign up, choose one of the available distances, and then at any time during the period of the ride, go out on your bike and ride that mileage.
You can choose the route you take, so keep it flat if that’s your preference, or make it more of a challenge by throwing in a couple of hills. You can do it alone or with some friends. You can even do it indoors on a trainer or stationary bike. The flexibility is all yours.
Southern Smoke is a nonprofit 501c3 foundation created to raise funds for charitable purposes, principally for support and assistance for those in the food and beverage community and their suppliers.
To date, Southern Smoke has distributed more than $3.1 million—both directly to people in need via the Emergency Relief Fund and to organizations that represent the needs of people in our industry. As Chris says, Southern Smoke was created to “take care of our own.”
RWCF COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund
The RCWF Board of Directors has approved directing funds raised during this crisis to be allocated in the following ways:
- 50% FOR DIRECT RELIEF TO INDIVIDUAL RESTAURANT WORKERS
- 25% FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS SERVING RESTAURANT WORKERS IN CRISIS
- 25% FOR ZERO-INTEREST LOANS FOR RESTAURANTS TO GET BACK UP AND RUNNING