Frost Illustrated Staff Report
FORT WAYNE—Critical healing can come in many forms through medicine, counseling, prayer—even a bicycle ride. That’s the message behind the Second Community Healing Bike Ride, sponsored by Unity Barbershop, set to begin at 10 a.m. on June 8.
“I’ve been riding bikes all my life. It’s one of the many pleasures I enjoy to keep myself sane,” explained Unity Barbershop owner Brother Foundation One, who said he first received a spiritual message several years ago to organize the ride to help people dealing with the pain of violence and other trauma in their lives. As with the previous ride in 2010, he said the ride—which starts at Unity Barbershop, 921 E. Pontiac St., and goes southwest to Foster Park with a police escort to traverse the 20-mile River Greenway—is an opportunity to bring families together, engage in a positive, healthy activity and witness the beauty that God has provided through nature. He said it’s especially inspiring for folks who never have made the ride.
“You can travel through areas of Fort Wayne you don’t even know exist,” he said, adding that seeing different things can help bring enlightenment and a change of perspective.
Foundation also said the ride provides an opportunity for moving meditation and reflection so people can take a personal and family assessment. He said that can be beneficial for anyone.
“This ride is for everybody—everybody who needs healing; everybody who needs to be around family; everybody who needs support; everybody,” he said, even if they can’t make the entire 20-mile trip.
Foundation said the community and the world is at a critical juncture and in need of healing to prevent even more pain. And, he said it takes reaching out to people and acting in many ways to help facilitate that. Folks in the community have seen him work with young people at places like the Smith Academy and the Three Rivers Institute of Afrikan Art & Culture—not for accolades, but because compassionate work is what God requires people to do, he said.
“I’ve moved past just talking about the problem. I just need to do the work,” said Foundation.
For more information about the Second Community Healing Bike Ride, call Brother Foundation One at (260)247-1019 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.