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.”
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.”