This story of #LyftLove is brought to you by Cate, a driver in Tampa Bay, FL. For the past five years, my life has been inspired and touched by a little boy from Tanzania who dreams of being Africa's first Black astronaut. He was little when we first met, and he went to school half the world away — but last year, at 14, he was accepted to Florida Air Academy, where next year he plans to start flight training.
Though his first language is Swahili, his last report card had straight As in classes like Mandarin, Honors Biology, English, and Honors Geometry. This kid is something special.
Recently, Gideon had an idea to create a holiday he called Star Day, a day to celebrate the stars and all the beauty and possibilities they represent. To celebrate, he's invited me and his friends from across the world to sleep out under the stars on Saturday, June 7.
While Gideon's wishing on the stars, I aim to make his greatest wish come true by Lyfting him to the stars myself. Though Gideon has received generous financial assistance from the school, it's not nearly enough to cover all his tuition and fees. So, next weekend, I plan to Lyft Gideon to the stars by donating my Lyft donations and bonuses to Gideon's education.
Will you help me Lyft Gideon to the stars by dedicating a ride, a night, your bonuses, or your weekend to funding his education? As a special "Lyft Me Up" Gideon whispered to me that for any Lyft Driver who donated $25 or more he will make them an Origami star with the words "Thanks For Lyfting Me Up" inside.
Together, in one night, Lyft drivers everywhere could Lyft Gideon to the stars, and make his dream come true. After all, we're all made of stardust. Maybe we're the stars he's been wishing on ;)
Follow Gideon's journey on his blog, and say hello to Cate in the comments below.