Cycling fundraiser raises money for children in Ghana

December 26, 2012
  • From left, Sue Fahey, Dave Ruff and Dan Greenwald cycle during the Suffer for a Cause fundraiser. Erin Ruff founded the Kisseman Children's Foundation after spending a summer abroad at the University of Ghana. The money raised from the cycling marathon will go to help the children of Kisseman Village, Ghana.
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The Ruff Fitness Training Center in Hagerstown hosted the Suffer For A Cause fundraising event benefiting the Kisseman Children’s Foundation, a nonprofit organization seeking to transform the lives of children in Kisseman Village, Ghana, through education.

The event brought more than 70 local cycling enthusiasts together to cycle for a cause and raised more than $5,000 to support education initiatives in Kisseman Village, Ghana.

The event featured a marathon of Suffer Fest cycling videos.

Ruff Fitness owners Dave Ruff, Sue Fahey and Dan Greenwald of Hagerstown completed 10 Suffer Fest cycling videos back to back. Suffer Fest, based in Singapore, has named Ruff, Fahey and Greenwald the eighth, ninth and 10th Knights of Sufferlandria in the world for their achievements.

The participants rode for one or more hours throughout the day to raise money for the event.

The funds raised will go toward scholarships, school supplies and a permanent structure to house lessons for children in Kisseman Village.


Erin Ruff, a Hagerstown native, 2006 North Hagerstown High School graduate, and 2010 graduate of the University of Colorado in Boulder, founded the Kisseman Children’s Foundation after spending a semester abroad at the University of Ghana.

Erin Ruff will be returning to Ghana in January to continue the growth of the organization.

Individuals interested in donating to support the foundation can call Erin Ruff at 301-992-2748  or send an email to

The foundation has brought educational opportunities to children in Kisseman Village, Ghana, by enrolling out-of-school youth into local schools, providing educational supplies, daily academic lessons and activities.

For more information about the foundation, go to

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