I hope the MODS will indulge me for my 1000th post, this is after-all cycling related and hopefully I'll be riding my Pegoretti by then.
I know many of you are approached on a daily basis for donations and charity, and I, being the self-sufficient person that I am hate to be the sort to ask for charity. However, this is one of the very few times I think a cause is worthy, and I want to help as much as I can.
The 24 Hours of Booty (http://www.24hoursofbooty.com
) is a 24 hour road cycling event in downtown Charlotte, NC USA based around the 2.97mi "Booty Loop" which circles around the campus of Queens University of Charlotte. Kicking off Friday July 28th and going for 24 straight hours through Saturday July 29th. This will be the 5th iteration of the Booty fundraiser, this year sponsored by Hearst Publishing Corp, one of the world's largest magazine publishers.
The 24 Hours of Booty benefits the Lance Armstrong Foundation (http://www.laf.org
) and The Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas (http://www.charlottecriterium.org/theCause.asp
), you can read about their respective goals on their websites if you aren't already familiar. Many of you I'm sure know what the LAF is about.
The goal for this year's Booty is to raise $400,000 USD. I've set my personal fundraising goal at $3000, that's a measly .75% of the total goal! I've got just under 1 month to make the numbers and I need your help! Take a look at all the links I've provided, you'll see this is a serious, legitimate fundraiser that is set to become a nationwide (maybe one day world-wide, like the Ride for the Roses!) symbol of generosity. I have people travelling from Knoxville, TN over 4 hours away to participate and help as my support crew and have friends and family from all over the US and Canada donating.
All this said, what can you do?
Donate! Two ways you can do this, either go to the Booty website, find the donate now button and then navigate to my name under the list of fundraisers (I'm listed as Nicholas Good) or see here: http://www.active.com/donate/booty2006/NickGood
Don't have the money? Then donate some of your time! Repost this to your friends and family and ask them to help a worthwhile cause. Get a collection together with a bunch of people you work with, if everyone at your job donates just a dollar, think of what you can come up with! There are so many ways you can help.
I'm happy to take donations of baked goods as go-food for the ride. Just kidding. Oh, I didn't tell you did I? I'm going to ride as many of the 24 hours as I possibly can. I'm shooting for 20 hours or about 250 miles of saddle time.
All of this comes back to one great personal cause; The memory of my aunt Rowena Good, she passed away of Leukemia in April of 1998. Help me honor her memory and her family, and help those who are still in the battle against cancer.