Friend of cyclist wants to Pay It Forward - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Friend of cyclist wants to Pay It Forward

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NEWINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

With spring less than a month away and the clock change just little over a week away, cycling season will soon be upon us.

And with the start of cycling season comes the beginning of area charity bike rides and Eyewitness News shows you one woman who is dedicated to helping these events. 

"Right away, I just knew Jose would be a perfect recipient for this type of reward," said Kurt Lindquist about his friend Jose Rodrigues.

Lindquist is talking about Channel 3 Eyewitness News series Pay It Forward where each week we give a viewer $500. That viewer has just 60 minutes to give the money away to someone who needs a little boost in life.

"There are a number of charitable organizations that conduct these races and folks like Jose get on their bikes and they cycle 100 kilometers to raise money for charities," Lindquist said about his friend's charitable efforts.

Every year, Rodrigues logs hundreds of miles on these bike rides, most of which support children's charities. And in order to raise the money, Rodrigues has to invest his own.

"There's you know, buying all the equipment the bicycling, the outfits and the accessories and spending all the time training and then soliciting the donations and just gathering money and pledges," Lindquist said.

With money being tight for Rodrigues, Lindquist said the $500 will help put him back in the race. And Rodrigues was overjoyed to receive the money.

"Oh, my God," he said.

Rodrigues said when he was 14 years old, his father died and a teacher came forward to help.

"He was actually my teacher and stepped up and pretty much took care of me for four years," he said. "So, that's where I get it from. You always help another person in need."

Rodrigues also explained what he gets in return from riding in all the charitable races.

"I think it fills my life," he said. "It puts a smile on my face."

Rodrigues told Eyewitness News that he plans to use the money to get his bike tuned up so he can raise more money for his charities this year.

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