We’re going to share a little secret: you never grow out of potty humor. And if you’re Ruben Lopez, you utilize it for charity.
The Chicago-based musician and cyclist thought it would be silly to bike 2,552 miles from Poo Poo Point, Washington to Pee Pee Creek, Ohio.
Just sitting here like damn I really am the poo poo pee pee man— #YemenCantWait (@rubydrummr) September 28, 2020
I have reached the holy land pic.twitter.com/Bf7pHWPEAF— #YemenCantWait (@rubydrummr) August 19, 2020
Even better: he did it to raise money for Yemen.
I want to use the platform given for good. I wanna do good things in the world. I want to do cool shit for the rest of my life— #YemenCantWait (@rubydrummr) September 29, 2020
Yemen is currently facing a humanitarian crisis, with 20.1 million in the country being food insecure. This means there are limited options for people in Yemen to access food, be it due to money, proximity or access to nutritious and fresh ingredients. Lopez is currently working with charity Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation, which “aims to increase awareness of the US public and policymakers about the humanitarian crises underway in Yemen, support relief and reconstruction efforts, and facilitate campaigns to bring peace to the country.”
According to YRRF, war has left Yemen hurting for resources:
“Since March 2015, Yemen has been experiencing a brutal war and a siege that has severely restricted the commercial import of food and medicine. Most food factories and businesses were bombed — creating the largest humanitarian crisis in the world. Today, 24 of the 29 million people in Yemen require aid, 19 million are food insecure, and almost half of the population of Yemen – 14 million — are at risk of famine, 5 million of which are children. Finally, Many Yemenis in the areas affected by the escalation of war have fled to safer places in other Governorates — resulting in over 3 million internally displaced people. YRRF was established to provide relief to those in need in Yemen. We reach the most inaccessible areas due to geography or security risk.”
Every opportunity I’ve had to discuss what is happening in Yemen has been met with little to no knowledge at all. It is one the biggest humanitarian emergencies in the world and one of the least talked about.— #YemenCantWait (@rubydrummr) August 22, 2020
Lopez finished the journey in 36 days, camping for 34 of those nights and traveling 69 (nice) miles each day.
Bro I started crying tears of joy and then started laughing my ass off about crying over pee pee creek🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️🤦🏽♂️— #YemenCantWait (@rubydrummr) September 27, 2020
I almost forgot I passed Sharts Road on the way to pee pee creek. Can’t make this up pic.twitter.com/Xcok5vztrg— #YemenCantWait (@rubydrummr) September 28, 2020
This is how I currently feel pic.twitter.com/taiZ96VHSa— #YemenCantWait (@rubydrummr) September 28, 2020
On Sept. 28, he announced the final charity fundraising total: $5,245, surpassing his goal by $245.
Woke up to being past the goal. I’m in fucking tears. I was so nervous about not hitting the goal though I know anything helped. I’m gonna post a vid about it later. From the bottom of my heart and from the organization: thank you so so so so so much. https://t.co/WsrKrWNfA8 pic.twitter.com/sPSSx1yJE2— #YemenCantWait (@rubydrummr) September 28, 2020
Congratulations to Lopez on his successful ride!