Hong Kong Woman Rollerblades Across America With No Money Relying on People’s Kindness

A 23-year-old woman has been rollerblading across the United States without money, food, and water for a noble cause.

Yanise Ho, who is originally from Hong Kong, attributes her love of adventure to her family. She has been interested in traveling after her visit to New Zealand when she was 15.

The rest makes history. She studied in Rome at 16, headed to Washington for college at 17, moved to California at 18, and backpacked across Central America and Europe at 20.

In 2016, Ho rollerbladed from Savannah, Georgia to Miami, Florida and founded “The Bladress Scholarship” project through One Girl Can.

Now, she is en route from Miami to Los Angeles — a 6,000-mile journey — to raise funds for girls’ education in Kenya.

“My  journey is inspired by a desire to empower girls worldwide. All funds raised will be donated to One Girl Can, to provide bright and deserving girls living in poverty in Kenya with secondary school scholarships,” Ho wrote in her fundraising campaign.

“Education is crucial to ending the vicious cycle of poverty, child marriage, and gender inequality. More importantly, it provides an opportunity for girls to reach their full potential and pursue a life of their choosing.”

Without basic needs at her disposal, Ho’s journey is far from comfortable for most people. She travels approximately 30 miles a day.

However, Ho said that her rollerblades have become a part of her body.

Finally taking off from Miami. It’s quite an emotional moment for me I must say. I’ve longed for this very minute to happen for 2 years! My expedition across America (without money) on skates is happening. You could now livetrack my progress on: www.yaniseho.com Every mile, I’m dedicated to the belief of human goodness. Live with faith and kindness because that’s the golden path to happiness and harmony 🙂 . . . who dare say one girl can’t? Yanise xx #onegirlcan #girlpower #peacelovehappiness #faith #miaminews #adventure #onewomanband #breakingnews #acrossamerica #florida #kindnessstory #adventurestory #charity #miami #springbreak #worldrecord #sunsentinel #womenempowerment #humanrights #movement #letsbekind #powerthrough #dreamcomestrue #harmony #love #solotraveler #rollerblade #girlskater #skatelife @flyingeagleusa

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“Rollerblades become a part of my body, it’s not a bicycle, I have to figure out how to lock it up, it’s a part of me,” she told ABC Action News.

She also makes a bet on people’s kindness, believing that there is more good than bad in today’s world.

Day 64- May 15,2018 at 4:30pm I crossed the boarder line from NC to Virginia. A new chapter is about to begin!!! Thank you so much North Carlina for the hospitality for the past 14 days! Now I understand why my heart made me turn around to go thru the Carolinas. Wonderful hosts and strangers that have given me blessings that once again proved the awesomeness of people! . Distance rollerbladed: 1227miles Checklist: ✔️Florida (22days) ✔️Georgia(23days) ✔️South Carolina (5days) ✔️North Carolina (14days) ◻️Virginia ◻️Washington DC ◻️Maryland ◻️New Jersey ◻️Pennsylvania ◻️New York ◻️Ohio ◻️Indiana ◻️Illinois ◻️Missouri ◻️Oklahoma ◻️Texas ◻️New Mexico ◻️Arizona ◻️California . . . . . #danville #northcarolina #virginia #tourusa #onegirlcanskateamerica #backpackerlife #onegirlband #kindness #kindnessofstrangers #makeamericaloveagain #backpackerlife #girlspower #skatergirl #skatelife #peopleareawesome #soloroadtrip #femalebackpacker #soloadventure #gowonder #girlslovetravel #southernhospitality #femaleadventurer #bigwheelblading #challengeyourself

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“My mission is to show that there are amazing people in the world, every day I have no plans, just faith and the goodness of people. Somehow, I always stumble upon the best people in the world.

“Every day I feel like everyone is my family, and this is how the world should be.”

Day 156 O-MA-HA, Nebraska . This single woman is the best! She’s one of the most cheerful and caring persons I know! @xsjadogirl lives in the moment of joy without ever stressing over the future. Her home is full of super fun stuff from aggressive (skate park tricks) skates, baseball bats, video games, to camera and guitar… just being in Tiff’s presence would make your day 10 times better! . Also thanks @alexobrien_13 for grilling steak and zucchini! He did a fantastic job making a zucchini taste just like meat, and making a kid who doesn’t like veggies (=me) happy. . . . . #travelstory #singlewoman #womanofstrength #skatergirl #agressiveinline #skatingcommunity #skatefamily #journeyoffaith #friendship #highschoolmusicalpose #grownkids #liveinthemoment #skatefriends #skateforlife #nebraska

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The fact that Ho is Asian has somehow given her attention, but she believes that it has little to do with the hospitality she receives.

People would come up and assume that I’m a foreigner. They would just come up and ask if I was from China or Japan without me even speaking,” she told AsAm News. “I just know that they just don’t know. It’s not that they’re trying to be mean.”

“If I were a huge black male, [the strangers who have hosted her] would be frightened to talk to me at first because racial prejudice has been a deep-rooted issue. It might take them a lot longer to win someone’s heart but if they have the sweetest personality, most people would offer a hand.”

She also cited another rollerblader, Mike on Blades, a White man on a similar journey.

“A lot of people think that the only reason why a lot of people are nice to me is because I’m a young Asian female. He’s pretty much doing a similar thing as me. He’s a big bearded guy, 6’2”, 200 pounds. He also has this cheerful, bubbly personality and that’s why he’s been receiving a similar kind of kindness.”

Day 99 (6/20- break 8): It’s been one week since I completed the North leg of my rollerblading journey from Miami to New York. I have been enjoying my break half the time in NYC and half the time at a beach house down south. . I’ve seized every minute to meet my friends, sleeeeeep and write. In the next few days before I start venturing West, I will be planning my route, and equipping myself with gears. . I deserve to relax for a bit, don’t you think? 😎 . . . . . . #beachlife #summerbreak #beachgirl #atlanticocean #waves #journeyoflove #perpetualtraveler #backpackerlife #worldrecords #skatergirl #tanned #acrossamerica #crosscountry #bikini #vacationinthesun #natureandme #peace #chillvibes #writerslife #discoversc #happyvibes

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So far, Ho has raised $12,000 for her campaign through Fundrazr. She hopes to raise $60,000.

Donors commended her efforts:

“You are amazing, Yanise. May you reach your goals, and may your journey continue to be safe. Thank you for being you.”

“[May] God bless you and keep you safe during your journey!”

“You are the best!”

Featured Images via Facebook / @TheBladress (Left), Instagram / @yaniseho (Right)

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