Rhys' Ride for Lola Fundraiser
8-year-old boy in the U.K. rides his bike
to raise funds to help save dogs in China
Willingham, Cambridge, United Kingdom (March 17, 2021) — 70 miles north of London, in the small village of Willingham, there is an 8-year-old boy riding his lime green Zebra bike. Most boys this age would be riding their bikes for fun. Rhys Stevens is riding his bike to help make a difference for those that do not have a voice, but a bark.
After Rhys saw a documentary on the meat-trade and the slaughterhouses in China, he was distraught. His mum, Kathleen Stevens explained to him that even an 8-year-old boy on the other side of the world, could still help the doggies. So, he climbed on his bike and began to peddle. He has friends and family, and even a local construction company, that are now donating money for every mile that Rhys rides for the dogs. Right now, he is up over £300.
His mum is so proud of him. “Rhys is passionate about dogs and animal in general. He just wants to do good things and make a difference.”
She even set-up a fundraising page on Facebook.
“Rhys is passionate about dogs and animals in general. He just wants to do good things and make a difference.”
-Kat Stevens, Rhys' mum
Even as an 8-year-old, Rhys has learned that there is so much joy in helping those with paws that are less fortunate. Despite his quiet and shy demeanor, he has discovered, “I feel very happy that I’m doing this. I feel very excited that the money I am raising is helping Lola to get to her new home. I love dogs so much and this makes me very happy.” Lola will be leaving China on a big airplane, the first week of April, on her way to her forever home.
Because of Rhys love for Husky’s, China Rescue dogs has assigned Lola to Rhys to be his inspiration. Many times while out cycling when Rhys has started to get tired, he’s kicked back into gear and said: “Think of Lola!”
Lola, then and now. She was abandoned and then saved off the street. Suffering with malnutrition and a terrible skin disease, she was nursed back to good health by a Chinese rescuer.
Jill Stewart, President and Founder of China Rescue Dogs is incredible moved by Rhys; “The fact that an 8-year-old boy, halfway around the world, is so selfless that he would want to ride his bike to help us save these dogs, brings tears to my eyes.” To help Rhys, Stewart assigned Lola, a one-and-a-half-year-old Husky, to be his inspiration. Stewart adds, “The fees to transport Lola out of China are approximately $2,500 USD. All the money Rhys generates with his bike ride fundraiser will go towards Lola’s transport fees.”
Lola and Lola’s new parents will always have a heart connection to the boy on a lime green Zebra bike riding the back roads of Willingham, Cambridge.
Help Rhys Save Lola!
If you would like to support Rhys and his bike ride to raise funds to help rescue dogs, you can go directly to his Facebook fundraising page: