Pedaling across the state to provide clean water

By Sonya

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) --{}Scotty's Ride for Water, a five-day bike ride across the state, was a huge success and raised more than $60,000 for Water Missions International.

The event was a huge success for Water Missions International and it all started because of one 10-year-old boy's vision.

A group of cyclists was escorted by police through parts of North Charleston Friday as part of the last leg of a 218-mile ride across the state that started in Greenville.

"It was fun, a little challenging," said Scotty Parker, who initiated Scotty's Ride for Water.

All were pedaling for a good cause to raise money and awareness for Water Missions International, which is where the ride ended and the celebration began. Family and friends gathered together to thank the little boy behind this big fundraiser.

But this 10-year-old is humble about his recent accomplishment

"This was not about me. This was about God," said Parker. "My favorite bible verse which is 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.'"

And he says he did it for one reason.

"It really hurt me that some kids didn't have clean water (because) I do. One of my favorite facts is that a child can die every 21 seconds from water-related diseases," said Parker.

Molly Greene, co-founder of Water Missions International, says that this has been a rallying point for the organization.

"Scotty's Ride for Water has been an incredible opportunity to engage so many people from really not just local but board members and outside of this area, but for a young 10-year-old to have a vision to be able to provide communities with safe water," said Greene.

But this youngster got a lot of support, which helped him raise thousands of dollars.

"The support from the community and all the families that came to greet him on the celebration was definitely worth all the training miles that we put in," said Steve Parker, Scotty's dad.

Scotty's mom rode along with him every mile of the way. His parents are both supportive of his vision.

"His first goal was $50,000 and we kind of chuckled and we got him to reduce it to $25,000 and I think he was right all along. The goal was $25,000 he exceeded his original goal that he had uttered which was $50,000. Sometimes you just need to listen to your kids," said Mr. Parker.

And for this 10-year-old, the future is an open road.

"I don't know, I may ride across the United States. I don't know though," said Parker.

The funds raised will provide two communities with a lifetime safe water solution.

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