|Otesha Project (Bikes and all things good)
||[Mar. 13th, 2009|03:50 pm]
So most of you probably know me as the guy who loves riding bikes, cares alot about the planet, and is always performing or putting on a show somewhere(and doesn't update his LJ). Well! I have been given the opportunity to combine these three things into one big event for myself(and 15 others) this summer.
What I'm talking about is the Otesha Project (www.otesha.ca) which I can quickly breakdown for you right now. Otesha holds a series of bike tours throughout the country every year to promote sustainable living and ways for us to limit our footprint on the planet. How we do this is by gathering 16 like-minded people together put them all on bicycles, and have them ride to different schools and community centres performing a play about how we can live more consciously on this planet. Otesha is really into sweatshop-free clothing, water
conservation, preventing climate change, organic and local food, and fairly traded products of all kinds – which means that farmers of coffee, chocolate, sugar, tea, and lots of other stuff get a fair price for their goods. Bicycles naturally fit into this, which is why I am emailing you now.
Starting May 1st I will be on the tour called the Prairie Sky tour which runs as you can guess across the Prairies, haha. Starting in Calgary and finishing in Regina, its roughly 1200 km's which really isn't that much for 2 months but I guess we are performing too and have occasional days off. If it were upto me we'd be riding three times as much!
Now why I'm emailing you about this is for 2 reasons one I'm really stoked on doing this and thought you should all know. I also am asking if you all can help in my raising of $1900.00 for this, I am going to be contributing a few hundred dollars from my own funds. Every dollar donated will roughly add up to 1 person I reach as we are going to be interacting with over 2,000 people on this tour.
I am hoping for donations in the range of $25, although whatever you can donate would be much appreciated, and anything over 20 dollars is tax deductible as Otesha is a registered charity. If you do not have extra cash that is totally understandable but instead if you have some suggestions for ways to raise money, or if you know some people who would be willing to help out it would be greatly appreciated.
To donate there are a few different ways, you can do it online through a secure website I am setup with Otesha by following this link http://www.canadahelps.org/gp.aspx?id=3679, Or if you'd rather do it through cheque you can by emailing me back(adress at the bottom) and we can arrange how to do that. As I mentioned the tour begins May 1st and all donations need to be in before then (which doesn't leave for alot of time, my fault) so the sooner we can get funds in the easier it will be for me to know how much I still need to raise.
I will keep you all posted on my status on the fund-raising and also on the bike tour as it comes.
If you have more questions or anything please email me and I will get you fully informed.
Thanks alot hope you folks can help me out,