Hello Iqra supporters! My name is Sumner Lawson and I have been Iqra’s intern since January, focused primary on socialmedia. I’m excited to announce that I will be continuing my work while I study Global Health and Education at Colorado College this fall. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, and give you an update on a recent event.
“Chicas to Chico” is an annual women’s mountain bike ride starting in Bozeman, Montana, crossing a mountain pass to the historic Chico Hot Springs Lodge in the Paradise Valley. This year the ride was held on June 26th, and the Chicas – who range in age from 18 to 60 – invited the Bozeman-based Iqra Fund team to join the group for the overnight adventure, and to share a bit about our work. So, Genevieve Chabot (our founder), and I peddled 36 miles through beautiful Montana countryside with the Chicas, and then settled into a cabin to share the Iqra vision.
The Chicas are a diverse group of very involved, accomplished, athletic and inspiring women (one of whom is my mom!) and their response to the Iqra story was overwhelmingly positive. Many immediately offered support, and at this point it appears that the ride generated enough funds to send seven girls to primary school for an entire year, and the checks are still coming in!
With such a success behind us, we are now looking towards next year in hopes that we can do it again. So, mark your calendars for mid-July, 2015 and join us on this great adventure for a great cause!