Sunday, July 30, 2006

260K for Kids

On the weekend of August 26th and 27th I'll be doing a fundraiser where I'll be riding my bicycle 260 kilometers in two days from Toronto to Welland and back. I've set a lofty goal to raise $1000 for my Aunt who runs a foster home in the Philippines for kids without parents. She has been living there for the past 17 years.

I think this is a good cause because when you give money to organizations like United Way, your money doesn't get very far beause there is a large amount of overhead. When you give money to my Aunt's home, you bypass the overhead. My Aunt lives in the home, she eats the same rice, and she only flies back to Canada every couple years, so her expenses are very minimal. You know that when you donate money to her, it goes straight to the kids who need it.

I figure if I can raise $200-300 for United Way to simply climb the CN Tower, I should definitely be able to raise $1000 to ride my bicycle 260KMs. This will also serve as a primer for my Toronto to Montreal bicycle ride which I plan to do in a year or two.

So step up friends and make a pledge. Even if it's just $10 or $20, every little bit counts, and $20 can buy a lot in the Philippines when you consider foreign currency. I will provide tax receipts for donations of $20 or more, so there's another good reason to pledge. I'm going to personally contribute $200 and I'm hoping to raise at least another $800 from all of you to make a total of $1000 or hopefully even more.

To make a pledge, simply post a comment on this website with your name, or if you'd like some privacy, just email me @ jim_schwartz9 at yahoo dot com. Or if you're interested in riding along with me on August 26th and 27th, that works as well.

Thanks in advance!!


Anonymous said...

Hey Jim,
Put me down for $50US.I think you are doing a great thing for your aunt.She and her kids will be incredibly grateful.You are such a thoughtful and giving person.

Barry. (I think you know where I live)!

Jim said...

Barry, stop giving me so much credit. I was honestly going to do this bike ride anyway, so I just figured I might as well raise money while I'm at it.

Mark said...

Put down 10 big ones for me (you know I eat rice every day too).

I'll consider a larger donation if you post pics of your red ass afterwards... wait a sec, no I won't.

Scarbs said...

I'll put 20 bucks down

Claudia said...

Count me in for $50.


sis said...

I'm in for $50.

sis said...

You know what, make it $100. It's a long ass ride...and it's Auntie Linda!

Jim said...

I just got the word that Cousin Geoff is going to ride with me!! He has no money to contribute, so he's going to do the ride.

He suggested we go to the Niagara Casino that night and blow all the donation money, what do you think? ;)

Tomass said...

Great thing you're doing, put me down for $50...hope it doesn't rain that weekend!

Anonymous said...

barry says,
In response to the casino,I guess you should prepare to donate your life if you blow the money!!

I know you are kidding.Me too!

Kara said...

Put me down for $20. Glad you're actually doing this.

Jim said...

To officially log it, I have received donations from 2 buddies.

Tyler: $20
McGurk: $20

Thanks guys!

Han said...

That's a great thing to do, JIm!! It's very thoughtful of you. Hope you're not getting dehydrated in the 6 hours ride. ;)

Put me down for $30

Jim said...

Another contributor to add:

Kevin C. - $50

Malcolm said...

Hey Jim,

$50. The ride should only take you a couple of hours right? I mean, you did the CN Tower in 11 minutes... :-D


Jim said...

Adding more pledges:

Jeff D. $50
Dmitri S. $40

Kimi said...

Hey Jim,

Wow- this is a very thoughtful and generous effort on your part! I am sure that your aunt and the kids will be very grateful. Put me down for $50.

Good luck with the run :)


Jim said...

Some more contributions:

- Howard - $50

- Remove Jeff D's $50 pledge since his company is matching donations instead.

- Augustine - $50

- James K - $50

- Mom and Doug - $50

- Debbie and Harry - $25

Anonymous said...

Jim, you've got a good heart! I'm in for $50.
- george

Jim said...

Adding another $50 for Nariman

Thanks Nariman!

Anonymous said...

I think you should try to do the ride in one day!

I'm down for $100

Rob V.

Jim said...

Adding $20 pledge from Ned.

Jim said...

Adding $20 from Alex V

Jim said...

Adding imason contribution of matching every dollar up to $500

Vicki Thomson said...

Hi Jim,
Put me in for $50 - this is a great cause! Way to go and good luck with the ride this weekend!

Dubravko said...


$20 from me. Dubravko

Brian Fung said...

$50 for your hard work to compensate me being too lazy to get off my a$$ for this worthy cause! :):)

Jim said...

Adding $25 for Feroz.

Anonymous said...


$20 from Rez

Jim said...

Adding $20 for Margaret and John Carey

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