Ride for Women™:
A Specialty Coffee Industry Professional Raises
Money to Support the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity, Women
Program & the
Specialty Coffee Industry Charity Grounds
by Robin Mahaffey
There are no dreams that are too big or too
crazy. There are only dreams that are fulfilled or unfulfilled.
And the difference between fulfilled and unfulfilled is the difference
between thinking and doing. Follow the progress of Robin Mahaffey
on as she crosses the country along on Robin’s
Ride for Women™ 2006 and fulfills one of her life dreams,
helps women around the U.S. realize their dreams, and benefits
two worthy charities
along the way.
What is “Robin’s Ride”?
Robin’s Ride, a solo motorcycle trek across America, is
one 54 year old woman’s vision and living proof that fulfilling
one’s dream is possible at any age! Robin’s Ride
2006 is dedicated to helping women take control of theirs lives:
to fight fear, doubt and indecision and follow their dreams.
In addition to raising money for two charities, New Orleans Area
Habitat for Humanity, Women Build program and Grounds
for Health, an organization that works to detect and treat
cervical cancer in coffee-growing nations through screening campaigns.
(See our Coffee With Care article in this issue for more information
on Grounds for Health.) Robin will be available for speaking
across the U.S.,
sharing and teaching women to overcome their fears and follow
Who is “Robin”?
Robin is a specialty coffee and tea industry professional who
left her most recent job to devote herself fulltime to this endeavor.
She has been in the publishing side of the industry since 1994
as a graphic designer, art director, director of operations and
an associate publisher. For the last three years she covered
the sales territory for the Western half of the U.S. for Tea & Coffee
Trade Journal. “I consider myself very lucky to have been
involved in this wonderful industry for so long. It has given
me the opportunity to travel extensively and has allowed me to
meet and work with some truly incredible people.”
Robin finished her ride yesterday, October 10, 2006 and she
broke her goal of 20,000 miles! Final mileage is 20,226! "This
ride was has been phenominal and I met truly wonderful people
where ever I went. I got off my sofa and left my home, family,
friends and rode my motorcycle all across the country to raise
awareness for the need to help these two charities and to raise
money for them both. All I am asking everyone else to do is leave
their sofas and put a dollar or more in an envelope and mail
it to Robin's Ride for Women™, P O Box 2073, Bothell, WA 98041
and we can build some homes and save some lives!
Since this dream was achieved from the back of Harley Davidson
motorcycle, Robin will be holding a "Black Leather Affair" auction
-- a take off on the traditional "Black Tie Affair",
on November 16th at Harley Davidson of Seattle in Lynnwood, WA.
Tickets for the auction will be on sale in her space #1211 at
Seattle, October 27-29 where she will also have bid
sheets available for pre-auction bidding. Please watch robinsrideforwomen.com for
details and for a list of auctions items on the Sponsor List
page. The Auction will be lots of fun with dinner, live music
and tons of great items to bid on just in time for Christmas! "I
will have exciting video, slides and stories from my great adventure
to share with all of you at the auction."
Where is Robin riding?
Robin rode 20,226 miles around the continental United States
and parts of Canada on her bright red Harley Davidson Dyna Wide
When is Robin’s Ride occurring?
Robin hit the road on June 10th, reached 10,000 miles on August
10th and returned with her final mileage to Harley Davidson
of Seattle on October 14th 2006 where there was a welcome home
gathering. Don't miss the great party and auction
of items she has collected across the country on November 16th,
2006 at the Harley Davidson of Seattle. If you have any objects
you would like to donate to this auction, please contact
Robin via email or by cell at 206 612-9145.
Robin's Ride for Women™ has a website with a blog so that people
can follow Robin's progress as she rode all summer long
and find out what she's up to next. One person CAN make a difference.
One person with help
from their friends can change the world. "Now because I
am going alone, it doesn't mean I don't need help. Even one dollar
counts. Please give until it feels good."
Don’t pass up the opportunity to be a part of this extraordinary
adventure! Companies and/or individuals interested in sponsorship
or pledge opportunities may contact Robin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will also be “Robin’s Ride for Women” logo
products for sale on her site soon, to help cover costs and raise
more for the charities.Personal Reasons for Why?!
I’m a 54-year “young” woman, and not in the
best of shape; but they say attitude counts. I’m single
(although I did put in an almost 30 year stint as a married woman)
and have a 34-year-old son and two grandchildren. My son along
with my parents played a big part in moving me to make this journey.
A little over a year ago I saw my son go into a hospital because
he was considering suicide. That was Halloween. He has since
been diagnosed with the illness of Bipolar I disorder. My son
is recovering well. I am very happy that he has finally been
diagnosed properly and is receiving the help he needs. Not even
one month after my son’s troubles came to light, my father
was diagnosed with cancer all throughout his body. That was Thanksgiving.
He died two weeks after Christmas with my mom and I at his side
every day. Four months later I came back from my first long motorcycle
run to Laughlin NV to find my mother had fallen. Having lain
alone on the floor in her home for over five days she was barely
alive when I found her. She passed away about 4 hours later.
She fell – it seems – on my birthday. Having suffered
to witness my son’s pain and to literally watch both of
my parents die before my eyes in such a short span of time I
was not happy with my life at all. I also saw what people in
New Orleans had recently gone through and realized many of them
had passed under similar circumstances as my mom. I at least
still had my son and my home. This led me to take greater stock
than ever in one of my favorite catch phrases, “life is
When you get really truthful with yourself, you might find that
there are only a few things that really make you happy. It’s
usually not the things you thought would do it. Riding my motorcycle
made me happy. I found that I craved the feeling of freedom it
gave me when I needed. I also love adventure and meeting new
people, so meeting women from different walks of life, sharing
stories and learning from each other would make me happy. Taking
this ride and making it count for something would make me happy.
So why not just do it? I decided to waste no more time and to
do the one thing that makes me happy and makes me feel free:
get on my bike and ride
Apart from the reasons above, a big part of the reason that
I have the courage to take this ride and to follow my dreams
through the things I have learned and the people I have met during
my travels in the coffee and tea industries. They have given
so much to me that I decided when I followed my dream and made
this journey on my motorcycle, I would like to give back. Because
everyone deserves health care and a home to live in, I would
like to donate part of the proceeds of my ride to Grounds for
Health and part to the New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity,
Women Build program.”
“I am dedicating this ride to all of the women who have already,
have not yet or who will soon take control of their lives so
they can follow their dreams. At last count there are well over
4 million lady motorcycle riders out there from all walks of
life. While I am out on this great adventure I hope to meet as
many women as I can, asking them what they need and would like
to see and experience, not only as motorcycle riders but also
as women wanting joy and fulfillment from their lives. Women
should feel free to follow any dream and do so with a woman’s
sense of style."