Todd O’Reilly & Daegan
Just after his son was born, Todd quit his job, cashed in his 401K, and bought a yurt. He moved with his partner and their new baby to the Ozarks, where they lived without plumbing or electricity for two years. In 2001, the family moved to a converted garage in the middle of a tiny town where they paid $190/month rent - so inexpensive that both parents were able to stay at home with their growing boy. By the time 2004 rolled around, Todd and his partner made an enormous life change and moved to Toronto, Canada. Since moving to the city, Todd has not owned a car , getting around the city of Toronto by public transit and his bicycle. In 2009 he rode in his first Charity Ride, the Friends for Life Bike Rally (http://www.bikerally.org). This ride took him over 600 kilometres from Toronto, Ontario to Montreal to benefit the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation (http://www.pwatoronto.org). In 2010, in order to raise additional money for the PWA he participated again in the Bike Rally, but this time continued on an additional 400 kilometres to Quebec City on his own under a project called Long Ride East (http://www.longrideeast.com).
This year, he decided to do something different: Ride from the Canadian city with the rudest reputation (Toronto) to the American city with the rudest reputation (New York City), entirely on a tandem bicycle with his now-13 year old son. Instead of raising money directly, he and his son requested that donors pledge random acts of kindness. This ride still benefited the Toronto People with AIDS Foundation, however, as one dollar for each act of kindness pledged was donated to the PWA.
As for what future years will hold, only time will tell but Todd is already itching to get moving on another project.