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Old 07-11-04, 07:09 PM   #1
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Attn: Lucklust / Charity riders

Okay, so yesterday the GF and I went into town to do a spot of window shopping. On our travels we stopped in to the Oxfam/Community Aid Abroad shop looking for a birthday present for my mum. On the way out I saw this flyer stuck to the door advertising Oxfams charity rides they do every year.....

http://www.oxfam.org.au/challenge/srilanka.html


....So I took a copy of the flyer, and when I got home, had a look at the website, and called up a mate to see if he'd be keen to do it with me. While i was chatting to him, my GF was on the web SIGNING ME UP FOR THE DAMN THING!!!!

So um, yeah. Looks like next year I'm off mountain biking accross Sri Lanka. I partly blame Lucklust for this, the bastard. Got any advice?
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So um, yeah. Looks like next year I'm off mountain biking accross Sri Lanka. I partly blame Lucklust for this, the bastard. Got any advice?
First, congratulations! That should be an incredible experience. There's nothing quite like putting your talents to use for a good cause, especially in beautiful Sri Lanka. Second, start hustling for funds now. It's more difficult than one would guess to raise money for charities. However, most of my friends are poor students like me, so I you may have an easier time than I did.
I can't tell you how excited I am for you. It should be an awesome ride!
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Hey man, cheers for the quick reply. Yeah, I'm pretty excited about it. They actually have other charity rides sooner than this one, but I wanted a good 8 months to raise heaps of funds. Luckily, I'm a 32 year old "professional", so lots of my friends and friends of friends are easy to fleece, err, I mean are very socially conscious and generous. We're probably going to organise a huge Sri lankan themed dinner party, and the guy I'm doing the ride with has suggested we get the guys we know in a very popular up and coming metal band to do a benefit concert. Actually the big problem is trying not to be too corporate about things. As you would expect, I'm reasonably well connected in the bike biz, so I don't think it would be too hard to get some corporate backing. Also, I don't want to blow things out too much this time, because I'm interested in doing some Thylacine based epic adventure rides sometime in the future, and they'd take a lot organising and gear.

How much did you end up raising? Did you do any big fundraising things or did you just rely on the website/BBS/hassling your mates to raise some cash?
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Watch out for the wars. I assume they wouldn't have you ride through war zones but there is an on going civil war there, last I heard anyways.

Take lots of pictures.

A Finnish friend of mine loves that place. He even flew lousy Russian airlines to get there. You are going to have stories for your grandkids.
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So what are you going to sign your girlfriend up for? It would only be fair!
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So what are you going to sign your girlfriend up for? It would only be fair!
*Laugh* That's a very good point, Skitbra. I can think of a couple of things, non of which are postable.

I think the route is safe, I don't have any issues with it. I believe it's the Tamil Tigers in the North that have the 'issues'. Anyway, if I run into any troubles, I'll just point to the tiger stripes on my top tube. I'm sure they'll empathise and invite me in for a few beers and I'll no doubt wake up the following morning married to someones daugther.
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Keep me updated on this. I'll be living in Bangalore for 2 years come Sept. Maybe I'll be able to come down and lend a hand.
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How much did you end up raising? Did you do any big fundraising things or did you just rely on the website/BBS/hassling your mates to raise some cash?
I was short a bit, and had to self fund a few hundred bucks. I had so much going on (including getting my face shattered) that it was difficult to do it right, but I did have a great idea. You could hassle local merchants and restaurants to give you not money, but gift certificates and free schwag etc. then have a party. Sell raffle tickets at the door, maybe having a few different pots to choose from. That way the merchants get exposure, and you get money.
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Keep me updated on this. I'll be living in Bangalore for 2 years come Sept. Maybe I'll be able to come down and lend a hand.

No sh1t! Why the heck are you going to Bangalore?
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No sh1t! Why the heck are you going to Bangalore?
My soon to be wife is a grade 6 teacher. The Canadian International School of India is in Bangalore, and she has acpeted a 2 year contract to teach there. It's great for her as the school follows the same guidelines etc, as the Ontario, and Toronto schools. So I'm tagging along. Actually I'm a chef with my journeymans papers so I'm hoping to find work in one of the many 4-5 star hotels there. Can't wait to go. Taking my a$$ugly mtb fixie with me. It's going to be an awesome experience for us.
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