Only a few more days and we will be heading to Kenya for the largest globalbike project today. Simply we will put 115 life saving/ changing bikes in the hands of youth, women, and care givers. We will also join 10 of those youth and about two dozen others and climb Kilimanjaro. To get there we will ride about 250 miles.
I hope you see the Ride. Climb. Transform.
To get here it took the vision and passion of many - I plan to address many of them over time but I want to start with two. Beyond Sport and Camp Wayfarer. In 2009, we won a Beyond Sport Award - and in London I first heard Nick Keller, Alexandra Chalat and others discuss the "Beyond Sport Effect." Paraphrased - the amazing things that can happen when the sport and development worlds collide. This trip is nothing less that a testimony of this effect! While the connections for this journey were planted in the Corner Bakery in Chicago - at the 2010 Summit - where I met with Ingrid Beutler of Sport Accord. It was her suggestion that put us in contact with Tim Challen of Kilimanjaro Initiative. That's probably more than you may be interested in but what comes of this trip has a major Beyond Sport Influence. Several of the organizations - Box Girls and Coaches Across Continents who will receive bikes are both Beyond Sport organizations.
The bike give away portion is successful in large part to Jim Bob Wilson's passion for improving the lives and experiences of his campers. When he decided to bike across the US, he determined that raising money for globalbike would be a great way to help Camp Wayfarer campers learn to give and give back. They did - a third of the bikes we will give away are due to Camp Wayfarer generosity. I look forward to sharing pictures and story's from the trip this summer during their camp session.