"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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