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Elisabeth Gegner

Ridge Project
Elisabeth (Beth) Gegner is passionate about cycling, the outdoors and nurturing friendships around the globe. Having grown up in Southern France, she remembers the Tour de France coming through her hometown when she was a little girl. But most of all, she has a heart for bringing hope, justice, healing, and a fresh start to victims of slavery and oppression. Her initial exposure to human trafficking occurred in the late 1990s, while volunteering at an orphanage in Northern Thailand. As she worked with the children, she was shocked to find out that several had been victims of sex trafficking. Since that time, this tragedy has weighed heavy on her heart. In 2014, after surviving a potentially fatal bike crash with a car, the miracle of her survival triggered in her a powerful sense of calling to make a difference. So, in August 2015, Beth decided to ride her bike 1700 miles from Laguna Beach, California to Bend, Oregon – about 100 miles a day – to raise awareness and to fund a safe house for girls in Pattaya, Thailand. In sharing about the cause, she witnessed a significant interest and desire from people along the way to learn more and become involved in their own communities. These conversations, as well as those with Lisa Bowerman, who rode with her the last three days of the journey, inspired The Freedom Ride 2016. One might say that this ride was born on the bike, as Beth and Lisa climbed over beautiful McKenzie Pass into Bend.

Elisabeth (Beth) Gegner es una apasionada del ciclismo, el aire libre y la creación de amistades en todo el mundo. Su corazón tiene un especial interés por traer esperanza, justicia, sanidad y un nuevo comienzo a las víctimas de la esclavitud y la opresión. En 2014, después de sobrevivir a un accidente de motocicleta potencialmente fatal con un automóvil, el milagro de su supervivencia desató en ella una poderosa sensación de llamar a hacer una diferencia. Entonces, en agosto de 2015, Beth decidió viajar en bicicleta 1700 millas desde Laguna Beach, California hasta Bend, Oregon, unas 100 millas por día, para crear conciencia y financiar una casa de seguridad para niñas en Pattaya, Tailandia. Al compartir sobre la causa, fue testigo de un gran interés y deseo por parte de las personas que iba conociendo por el camino por aprender más y participar en sus propias comunidades.