An 8 year ride for kids

Put an end to Bullying & Adolescent Suicide

In year 3 of this mission, I introduced a bicycle ride to my travels to raise
awareness about issues kids are having to deal with at far too young an age.
Bullying and Adolescent Suicide are two of these challenging burdens most kids
will unfairly have to overcome throughout the remainder of their lives. At rides
end we will have ridden enough miles to traveled the perimeter of the earth, twice.
My mission on this ride has but one focus: To save kids lives.

YOUR HELP IS URGENTLY NEEDED !!

August 24th, 2015
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The Kindness Bus is in dire need of mechanical repairs…and we don’t have the funds. It is imperative that we have a fundraiser. I am also asking for support for the 2015-2016 school year expenses.
The link below will take you to our fundraising page and video. Please help us by doing your part in supporting this noble mission.
Thank you,
Bob Votruba and Bogart too!!
https://fundly.com/m2/one-million-acts-of-kindness-2015-2016-school-year

Its Been Nearly 1000 Days

August 23rd, 2015
November 23, 2013-SANDY HOOK, CT, USA:  Nearly one year after Adam Lanza opened fire on a classroom full of students killing 25 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School and his mother at their home nearby. The town has struggled to reclaim its identity as a quaint New England town. A "Welcome to Sandy Hook" sign of angels hung along highway 34 in Sandy Hook Ct.  (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

November 23, 2013-SANDY HOOK, CT, USA: Nearly one year after Adam Lanza opened fire on a classroom full of students killing 25 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School and his mother at their home nearby. The town has struggled to reclaim its identity as a quaint New England town. A “Welcome to Sandy Hook” sign of angels hung along highway 34 in Sandy Hook Ct. (Robert Stolarik for JJIE)

The following words are from a hand out sheet I used on my 20 hour plus 6 extra miles ride this past 12/14/12 2nd anniversary ride.

The following words are meant only to inspire you, They are not meant to be mean spirited.

Our hearts were torn two years ago when we heard of the Sandy Hook tragedy. We were all touched to the very core because of the innocence of these first grade children. Many of us wept openly.

We all wish that events like this would never happen.

We all want to see a better world for all children.

It has been nearly 1,000 days!

What have you done to help children in need?

Please use this call to action as a catalyst in your life to bring comfort to a child who may need the loving kindness you can bring to his or her life.

Friends at the Sandy Hook Diner

August 22nd, 2015

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Thank you to Ellie (owner of the Sandy Hook Diner), Bob, Christine and the St. Rose of Lima 4pm friend for the red carpet, open arms, breakfast is on the house, welcome wagon treatment to their hometown. The Sandy Hook Diner is the happening place to say the very least. Standing Room Only!

Ben’s Bells Kindness Email

August 20th, 2015

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Hi Tricia,
Congratulations on all the wonderful work you are doing to promote kindness in this world. Your new space in Bethel is so very welcoming and I know you will have huge success in helping comfort those in need. I can see the move from Newtown went very well.
Thank you for inviting me to visit your studio it was a very special time on my trip here to Bethel/Newtown/Sandy Hook.
Sam, your studio manager gave me a wonderful tour. Camryn, one of your volunteers was excited about creating a kindness club at her high school. They all embody your motto, “Be kind.
Kindness always,
Bob Votruba and Bogart too

Newtown Bee

August 18th, 2015

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Thank you to Eliza Hallabeck for interviewing me for an upcoming issue in the Newtown Bee. She will meet with me at the new location of Ben’s Bells. They recently moved from Newtown to Bethel, Connecticut.
I will visit the Sandy Hook/Newtown/Bethel, CT area for four days this weekend.

University Hospital

August 16th, 2015

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The University Circle area Cleveland, Ohio is home to many museums, world renowned hospitals and top ranked universities. This area is always filled with people from across the globe. I love riding here, especially since school is about to begin.

Little Italy

August 14th, 2015

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The Feast of the Assumption is celebrated in Cleveland, Ohio in the Little Italy neighborhood every year at this time. I love meeting people from all across Northeast Ohio including this mom pictured, who made her way all the way from Australia to be here with her daughters.