Posted: Oct 3, 2012 6:40 PM by Kristen Holloway
Updated: Oct 3, 2012 7:14 PM
Two Iberia grandmothers are putting the pedal to the metal training for a cross-country bike ride. Their goal? To help children in Africa dream again. They have been riding their bikes all over South Louisiana to get ready for the 25,000 mile trek that will take them coast to coast. They hope to raise 50,000 dollars for orphans cared for by "Gogo Grandmothers"
In Malawi, Africa, "GoGo" means "grandmother." These cajun grandma's call themselves "GoGo Maw Maws."
"I thought if we could raise money for them, that would get the kids medication and be able to attend school and get them water and proper food," said Leeannda Moore.
These Iberia parish women have adopted a village in Malawi Africa to help orphans who are cared for by grandmothers in their seventies and older with little money or help. Each African GoGo is raising at least six children in one home. Ronda Amos says she, Leeannda and 15-year-old Kimberly ride bikes to stay in shape but also to make a difference to children overseas..
"We adopted a whole entire village. There is 400 girls in our village but there is 21 villages so not all of them are sponsored," said Ronda Amos.
Both women say you can't take life for granted and they welcome the chance to help the African orphans and their grandmothers.
"God put in my heart to help them and that what I'm trying to do," said Moore.
In two weeks, they will bike to Houston beginning their coast to coast trek. While Ronda says she doesn't really like riding bikes, she's doing it because it's the right thing to do.
If you're interested in sponsoring the GoGo Maw Maws you can go to gogograndmothers.com