So I thought I would try send you in the direction of something awesome. Phillip English has just about finished a journey he started in March of last year biking all the way from London, England to Cape, Town South Africa – a journey of more than 15,000 kilometres.
I went to school with him and he is truly a top bloke who has done a really crazy adventure, using the spectacleness to bring awareness to the Acumen Fund. I don’t really want to paraphrase his description so will paste it below as follows from his Crowdrise Page:
Hey I’m Phillip “The Posing Cyclist” and on the 31st March 2012 I am going to be peddling over 15,000km from London to Capetown,with the goal of raising $25,000 for my favourite non-profit organisation – the Acumen Fund. This is an organization dedicated to eliminating poverty by using entrepreneurial methods .
I will be cycling unsupported,with all my equipment on my bike through rain, hail, and extreme heat across 13 countries,taking me roughly 12 months to complete.
As a way of showing my personal appreciation for anybody who is kind enough to donate to the Acumen Fund, I am going to publicly thank any person who sponsors the tour by taking a photo of a thank you message on my trip with the name of the generous donor. The photos will be shared on my facebook fan page and I will also link them to google maps, so you can see exactly where each photo was taken.
If you would like a very short custommessage (maybe a happy birthday for a friend or the URL for your blog) included in the message, just message me right after you have made your donation.
And for those of you that don’t want to be thanked publicly just message me with subject ‘opt out’ or simply donate anonymously.
Naturally, I will not have access to the internet at all times,so I cannot give you an exact time for how long it will take me to update my blog and facebook page.
I’m going to try to update at least once a week, though there may be times when that is simply not possible.
So why am I supporting the Acumen Fund?
What I personally love about the Acumen Fund is their approach in tackling poverty. Rather than giving out donations and grants,they invest in local enterprise and businesses who want to provide critical services (water, health, housing and alternative energy) at affordable prices to people earning less than four dollars a day.
By sponsoring me on this tour your donation will go directly to the Acumen Fund to help them build businessesthat service the poor.
A massive thanks in advance for your donations and support.
Please go his Facebook Page or the Crowdrise Page to show support and have a look at the photos etc he took along the way. He hasn’t quite achieved his fundraising goal but it is an amazing adventure he has gone on which I thought was well worth sharing. Please share on if you can – would be great for his to get a few more shares and hopefully donations on the home straight.
What a lad.
Was trying to use this for the ‘Map it Out’ challenge as well but it doesn’t work super-well between two locations so far apart because you can’t select a walking or cycling version. But you can at least see the locations on a map and how far the journey is even if it were as the crow flies, which is great.