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Remington Reynolds

Virgin Strive

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My story

[p]The beauty to age is you gain perspective and also don’t care any longer what people think ;][/p][p]So please read my story to support Big Change and my charity bike ride in France in two weeks. My goal is to raise 10,000 British Pounds - every contribution will help me reach my goal.[/p][p]Please share this story also if you know somebody who is Dyslexic or has another learning difference.[/p][p]I remember being truly excited to enter 1st grade at the Osborn Elementary School in Rye, NY. That summer I even pulled out a math textbook and took some practice exams, a subject I was interested in.[/p][p]Arriving at Osborn, I quickly found that reading, writing, and exams came difficult to me. Quite honestly I was miffed by the whole situation: I felt smart on the inside but never seemed to score well next to my peers.[/p][p]By 4th grade I grew so frustrated with my test results, I lost it on one of my teachers. After a two hour emotional rant, my teacher, principal and parents decided it best to move me back to the 3rd grade. On the outside, I didn’t care, but on the inside was devastated.[/p][p]As the years went by, things really never improved for me academically. In high school, parents and teachers pegged me as the lazy underachiever. The long hair only added to the storyline, and peer counselors dragged me into private meetups to determine if I was also using drugs. If not for my success outside the classroom, in sports and in music, my confidence at that time would have been completely shattered.[/p][p]By the time I entered 11th grade I was basically flunking out of public school and college was pretty much off the table. No problem, I thought, “I am going to be a rock musician anyway.” [/p][p]Quite honestly I was terrified and had no idea what the future held. In desperation, my parents suggested I explore boarding school, which would mean repeating another year, leaving home, and cutting my hair. “No way,” I screamed, but I ultimately agreed to visit a few schools.[/p][p]During my final boarding school interview, I met Marty Miller, a history teacher and cross country coach at Blair Academy. Marty took a sincere interest in me, felt Blair would be a good fit, and he offered to personally help with my situation. I took the leap of faith and left for Blair the following year. [/p][p]True to his word, Marty took me under his wing, rebuilt my academic confidence and instilled in me a new mindset. With his guidance, I graduated from Blair and finally got into Hartwick College in upstate NY, the only school that would take me.[/p][p]But the story does not end there. Armed with my new mindset, I set a more ambitious academic goal of getting straight As and transferring into and graduating from an Ivy League School. I worked very hard, made straight A’s, and eventually transferred to the University of Pennsylvania.[/p][p]Graduating from Penn was a game changer and gave me the confidence that I could do anything if I set my mind to it.[/p][p]Although I didn’t know it at the time, I suffered from dyslexia, a learning difference that went largely undiagnosed in the 70s and 80s. Although Marty didn’t uncover my dyslexia - which I self-diagnosed around my 40th birthday (that’s another story) - he unlocked my personal potential, equipping me with the beliefs, skills, confidence, and values needed to overcome my dyslexia, thrive in life, and play a positive role in the world around me.[/p][p]What is Strive and Big Change?[/p][p]Strive is a charity event that helps raise money for Big Change, the charity behind Strive. Big Change helps at-risk kids develop both personal confidence and a Growth Mindset at an early age, where traditional educational systems, mostly focused on exams and academic results, fall short in developing the skills they need to thrive in life. As a dyslexic, I was lucky to get the support I needed from one caring teacher. But countless other children - those experiencing illness, poverty, learning differences, and other adverse circumstances - all need and deserve that guidance and support too. And that’s why Big Change needs to exist and why I ask for your support.[/p][p]A New Adventure….[/p][p]Every year I try and take on a new sports challenge. One year I climbed Kilimanjaro, last year I raced in the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup Sailing Regatta in Porto Cervo, each time basically taking on new athletic adventures that bring me out of my comfort zone.[/p][p]This September I’ve decided to embark on the Third Stage of The Strive Challenge. I will be cycling over 5 days, with 60 other cyclists, in France, averaging over 70 miles a day with altitude and elevation, taking on many of Tour De France routes. Cycling is a new sport and adventure for me. I have been training for the last 2 months with the goal of finishing the event, losing 10 pounds of weight, and raising 10,000 pounds for Big Change.[/p][p]Big Change is on a mission to support the next generation of kids to thrive in life, not just in the classroom of with exams.[/p][p]So why am I taking on this challenge and supporting Big Change?[/p][p]Through my dyslexia and childhood struggles, Big Change and its vision and mission truly resonate with me. I also love adventure and pushing myself into new adventures.[/p][p]How will donations achieve impact?[/p][p]For this bike, I’ve covered my costs for travel, accommodation, food and beverage, about $2500.[/p][p]I have also agreed to do a dollar-for-dollar match until my 10,000 pound target is hit. So if you put 50 pounds in I will match it and put pounds in.[/p][p]Massive Thanks if you support.[/p][p]I hope this note inspires you to dig into your wallet and kindly donate.[/p][p]But also encouraged you to learn more about Big Change and how their programs and projects change the lives of children who are on adverse paths.[/p][p]Hope to keep all of you updated on my adventure through social media.[/p][p]Hugs and thanks for your support.[/p][p]And remember - Always BE YOUR PASSION![/p]
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Supporters

14-Dec-2018

Ringo

I don’t know what the euro is worth, but with Brexit should make this an even swap. Good luck!

£100.00

05-Oct-2018

Anonymous

02-Oct-2018

David Roemer

£30.00

01-Oct-2018

Tommy

Keep making a difference Rem!

£100.00

01-Oct-2018

Anonymous

Go Rem! Always supportive to your well-doing, as they come from the depth of your heart.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

01-Oct-2018

Rob Glanville and Family

Awesome adventure (and some pretty good sponsors too)!!

£50.00

24-Sep-2018

Anonymous

Hey super Rem! You are a great inspirer! I hope you had a blast in the french alps and that your legs didn't hurt too much )

£100.00

18-Sep-2018

Virgil

£50.00

17-Sep-2018

Lisa Owens Core Benefit Solutions

£30.00

17-Sep-2018

Emory

£30.00