Busy Giving Back

November 17, 2015 by  Howard Chang

Although I do have a very busy day job, I still manage to add to it with organizing various charity events. The recently completed Ride For Exuma was an especially challenging yet rewarding project. Exuma is part of a chain of islands in the Bahamas where I have a winter home. As a part-time resident, it was only natural that I got busy giving back to the wonderful and welcoming community we have enjoyed getting to know these past three years.

Healthcare is a big issue in the Caribbean. With the advent of a new and much-needed hospital, my friend Ash and I, in partnership with Peter Nicholson of Grand Isle Resort, came up with the idea of doing a charity bike ride to fund some of its vital equipment. We reached out to our friends and fellow members of Les Domestiques cycling club, and rounded up a small group of committed donors to ride and support the event.

We drew riders from far and wide, including my friend Chris who owns Velofix and hails from Vancouver. We also managed to get some riders from the US and Nassau to join the fun. As word spread, Steve Bauer – one of the greatest Canadian cyclists of all time – signed on and even donated one of his signature trips, which raised almost $3000 for the cause.

So with an intrepid group of 20 riders, including four locals from Exuma, we headed out on a typically warm and beautiful Saturday morning under the escort of local police on a 70km jaunt. We rode along undulating roads that wound around the coast, giving us views of the unreal turquoise waters Exuma is famous for.

Tyrone Monroe, who hails from Nassau, was as excited as a school boy at having the chance to ride with the great Steve Bauer. He did an amazing job keeping up with the lead group, even though bad cramps near the end brought this burly grown man almost to tears!

We also had two young local men – Shannon and Gary – who, on 40-pound steel mountain bikes, rode the entire 70 kms with us much to our amazement. We were so impressed by their enthusiasm that we committed to donate a bike to each of them as a reward for their tenacity.


We managed to raise over $20,000 which was one of the biggest fundraisers in the islands’ history. The Exuma Foundation set up a hospital fund for us to ensure that the money will be used as the doctors need it, once the hospital is open. And of course you don’t come to the Exumas without enjoying the water, so some of us made sure we got plenty of time swimming with pigs (yes you read that right), petting nurse sharks, boating, paddling, and just lounging in the 85 degree crystal clear waters.


Check out www.rideforexuma.com and maybe next year you will join us!

Cycling for Social Good

October 6, 2015 by  Kelly Drennan

Howard Chang, our CEO and president, is once again using his love of cycling for social good with the organization of The Great Exuma Charity Bike Ride. The goal of the event, taking place in Great Exuma, Bahamas, on November 7th 2015, is to raise over $50,000 for The Exuma Foundation and their work with a new local hospital.

Race organizers understand that good health is not solely about the treatment of disease, but also about prevention. In that spirit, part of the ride’s goal is to raise awareness about the benefits of exercise in the prevention of common diseases, like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer.

The main event will attract cyclists and philanthropists from Canada, the U.S. and the Bahamas, who will ride the 70 km route across the scenic island. Each rider is required to fundraise a minimum amount or make a personal donation in order to participate in the ride as a VIP. There will also be a free 40 km ride for any locals who want to participate.

The Exuma Foundation is a not-for-profit based in Exuma that is focused on enhancing the lives of the people of the Exumas by investing in education, facilities and infrastructure. The Foundation will collect the donations from The Great Exuma Charity Bike Ride and disperse them to the new local hospital to purchase much-needed equipment.

“I have been getting to know the Exumas for the last three years, with its incredibly friendly people and world famous azure waters,” says Howard. “I wanted to give back to this wonderful community in a way that was meaningful. Health care is a big challenge in areas like Exuma, so our first step is to help the new hospital succeed, as well as introduce this Caribbean paradise to more people like me who love to cycle and enjoy the outdoors.”

For more information or to register, please visit www.rideforexuma.com.

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