Robin Williams‘ offscreen passion for cycling is now helping causes close to the late comedian’s heart.
The actor’s children donated 87 bikes from his collection, which were auctioned through Paddle 8, and the proceeds reached over $600,000 – more than doubling high estimates, according to a statement from the organization. The money raised will go to both the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
According to Paddle 8, all of the bicycles in the Robin Williams Bicycle Collection benefit auction, which ended Oct. 25, received multiple bids from around the world. One bike, the Master Pista, La Carrera Futura 2000, was sold for more than $40,000.
“We would like to thank everyone who participated in this auction for their generosity of spirit and for helping raise funds for these two causes so close to our Dad’s heart,” Williams’ three children, Zak, Zelda and Cody, said in the statement. “He would love the fact that his bikes will be used and appreciated by new owners and, at the same time, allow thousands of people to live more active and fulfilled lives.”
Williams was an 11-time participant in the Challenged Athletes Foundation’s San Diego Triathlon Challenge before his death in 2014, competing alongside participants like double amputee Rudy Garcia-Tolson, a two-time Paralympic gold medalist, according to a release from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.
The actor was also a longtime supporter of the Reeve Foundation — he met namesake Christopher when the two were roommates at the Juilliard School in 1973.
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“Like Christopher Reeve, Robin Williams was an unmovable force. To have them in the same room, let alone fighting for the same cause, was extraordinary,” said Peter Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, in the statement. “Robin provided unending support without fanfare or question, and became a powerful voice for the 5.6 million Americans living with paralysis. Thanks to his efforts and the generous contributions of his family, cures for spinal cord injury are now within reach. Being part of this auction with Challenged Athletes Foundation is a beautiful way to honor his legacy of giving.”