Asheville native, Hannah Siler is set to embark on an adventure of a lifetime. An adventure that could not only change her life, but truly change the lives of others.
The 23-year-old has set her gears in motion to pedal from Vancouver, BC to Asheville, NC in honor of her late father and their love of philanthropic adventures.
Dubbed “Pedaling with Papa,” Hannah will raise funds throughout her journey for a greater good – the inception of the Marshall M. Siler Scholarship Endowment Fund through North Carolina Outward Bound School (NCOBS), a fund aimed at providing scholarships for WNC students to take Outward Bound wilderness courses.
“My Dad and I dreamed of planning some grand adventure like this, but after his death 10 months ago, I realized I needed to make this dream a reality not only to honor him, but to give me an important chance to move through my grief in a productive and memorable way,” Hannah said. “It is truly in the spirit of my giving father who did a cross country ride a few years ago to raise money for Asheville City Schools.”
While her father will be there on this journey in spirit, she will also be joined by family and friends along the way, to bike alongside and to relieve her support vehicle driver.
Both Hannah and her father loved the outdoors and were NCOBS alumni themselves.
“The North Carolina Outward Bound School is very grateful to be the recipient of these scholarship funds, and we are fully supportive of Hannah’s bike ride to honor her father,” said Whitney Montgomery, executive director of North Carolina Outward Bound School. “I admire her commitment to serving others through this ride, and it is clear that Hannah is living by Outward Bound’s Four Pillars (Self-reliance, Physical Fitness, Craftsmanship, and above all, Compassion). These funds are so important to raise in our community to allow deserving youth the opportunity to discover their potential through a North Carolina Outward Bound School wilderness course.”
To start the endowment fund and help cover some of her base costs for the ride, she has set up a GoFundMe page with a goal to raise $21,000.
A fundraiser will also be held at The Wedge at Foundation in the River Arts District Saturday, May 19 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. with smoked BBQ, beers and merchandise. All the proceeds will go directly to the fundraising efforts.
For more information and to follow Hannah’s story, visit https://www.gofundme.com/panpy-peddling-with-papa” or follow her journey on Instagram at @pedalingwithpapa