Ride for the Living - Global Challenge
The RFTL Global Challenge is a unique program that combines Holocaust education and commemoration with fitness to challenge participants to engage their bodies, souls, and minds.
Time & Location
01 June 2021, 7:00 am – 30 June 2021, 11:59 pm
In Poland, Globally and Online
About the Event
This June, Ride For The Living (RFTL) returns in a big way!
March of the Living Australia is proud to partner with the RFTL Global Challenge, a unique program that combines Holocaust education and commemoration with fitness to challenge participants to engage their bodies, souls, and minds. Throughout the month of June 2021, participants are encouraged to cycle, run, walk, or hike the symbolic 60-mile distance between Auschwitz-Birkenau and JCC Krakow, the centre of the resurgence of modern Jewish life in Poland, from the comfort and safety of their own homes and communities.
Participation in the Global Challenge is completely free of charge. It is intended that the RFTL Global Challenge will be a tool for communities around the world to help raise awareness about, and honour and support, their Holocaust survivors.
Ride For The Living was originally inspired by Robert Desmond, who rode his bicycle 1,350 miles from London to Auschwitz, visiting sites of liberation from WWII along his journey. After joining JCC Krakow for a Shabbat meal and learning about Krakow's reborn Jewish community, he realized his ride should not have ended in a place of loss, but rather in a place of hope and community. As the world continues to repair and rebuild, the RFTL Global Challenge seeks to unite Jewish communities in support of Holocaust survivors and Holocaust education.