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Sponsor a Mile – Riding for Charitable Cause

A main purpose of the Panamerican Peaks project is to raise funds for a charitable cause.

Why Bother? Traveling makes me see just how privileged I am to have been born and raised in a free and prosperous society. Many people along the way do not have the health and/or means for even the most basic human rights such as Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness! Giving and helping is very rewarding! I have decided to dedicate all funds to Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

Why Doctors Without Borders? Just like the Panamerican Peaks extend beyond many borders, so does the help offered by Doctors Without Borders. They are active world-wide and in many of the Panamerican countries (see International Activity Report for the Americas in 2007). MSF is an international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. A private, nonprofit organization, MSF was founded in 1971 as the first non-governmental organization to both provide emergency medical assistance and bear witness publicly to the plight of people it assists. MSF received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999.

What your donation can do? For the cost of just your next latte you can feed a malnourished child for one month! An amount you likely give as tip to the waiter serving your next dinner can provide clean water to 50 refugees for one month, and for the cost of the entire dinner you can vaccinate all 50 of them against deadly epidemics! See here for examples of what else your donation can do.

Sponsor a Mile: My ambitious goal is to raise one dollar for every km of the Panamerican Highway – or $25.000 in all.

Donating through this site is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also tax-deductible and the most efficient way to make a contribution to our fundraising efforts. Many thanks for your support– and don’t forget to ask your employer for a matching donation and forward this to anyone who you think might want to donate too!

Your donation makes a difference! Thanks for your consideration.


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