If you are a do-gooder of sorts and wish to help the community and you are a bicycle entusiast then why not set up a long-distance bike-a-thon with some buddies? How can I do that you ask?
Well it is simple really talk to a few local service clubs and tell them what you are doing and tell them you wish to give half the money collected to the group and half the money to a charity that you really feel passionate about.
Then present this idea to them at one of their weekly meetings. Then allow the groups to get you some publicity and allow each group member to sell sponsorships for $ .01 to $.10 per mile.
This concept is something I have done in the past a few times and I was recently reminded of this by a gentleman online who is getting pretty heavy into bike racing and triathlons these days. Once we made quite a chunk of change for charity doing this and I can tell you once when I rode from Oregon to Mexico (raising money for Special Olympics and the Kiwanis Club and Optimist Club) on an SR Pro-Touring Bike.
It took many days to complete of course, but it was great to get out there and get it done, knowing that even when we finished we would be half-dead. Because we knew how much money we would raise and for such great causes. Please consider all this in 2006.
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