Today I received word from a man named Bob Votruba, who is traveling the perimeter of the United States on his Ring Our Country with Kindness (R.O.C.K) ride to raise awareness of bullying and adolescent suicide. In Bob’s words, his goal is as follows:
“. . . to help those who are hurting, with the realization that life will get better, much better. It is also to honor the 3 students killed at Chardon High School in Ohio on February 27th 2012, which is only 10 miles from my home. I will ride in their honor and also for 3 young adults I knew from my hometown, who took their own lives.
Starting on October 20th 2012 I am riding The Kindness Bicycle and The Kindness Bus around the perimeter of the United States, beginning and ending in New York City.
On the average, 4,200 young adults, 14-25 years old have lost their lives to suicide, every year, in the United States. For every 1 who does, 10 more try.
Just as shocking or even more so, 250 children from 5-13 years of age in the United States have lost their lives to suicide each year.”
Bob will be in the San Diego area until early the first week of April. Check out his website. Then be on watch for the painted “One Million Acts of Kindness” school bus, so you can give Bob a word of thanks, give his traveling companion, Bogart, a pat, and let Bob know you will help him in his efforts to save kids’ lives by taking on the following commitment:
“Make a commitment to help those being bullied by pledging to honor the four following statements:
I will comfort those hurting.
I will help those being hurt.
I will help you realize your importance in the world.
You are needed and you are loved!!
If you are a bully, help others, don’t hurt them. Realize the harm you are causing.
If you are, or know someone, who is considering suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at:
The R.O.C.K website is http://www.onemillionactsofkindness.com/.
Be sure to check it out, and if the spirit moves you, make a donation to help Bob realize his mission: To save kids’ lives.
You can reach Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him at Twitter@KindnessRocks