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    Student Hoping to Bike Across America

    Hey everyone, my name is Dylan. I am a student in Seattle and I am hoping to raise enough money to be able to bike across America on the Transamerica Trail this summer. I will probably need around $1500 for the trip and for some of the gear I need to buy. I have a job but between paying for school and my appartment, saving that much money is going to be a stretch. I would really appreciate anyone who is willing to sponsor me or donate to making my dream come true.

    http://tinyurl.com/bikeamericadonations

    Also if you want to follow my training schedule, I made a twitter:

    http://twitter.com/bikeamerica2010
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    ah.... sure. kayakdiver's Avatar
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    So you want us to help pay for your vacation? I admire you wanting to do it.. Not so much about how you're going about it.
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    Lets see, thousands needing food and water in Haiti, or a kid who doesn't want to work for his dream.... 90999 sorry just donated to Haiti.

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    Well, as hard as I'm working I know that I wont be able to do it without help. I'm going to do whatever it takes to raise the money. Dont help if you dont want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeamerica2010 View Post
    Dont help if you dont want to.
    No one is going to want to. People ride across the US all the time. Why are you so special? You don't say!

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    You just have to hope that someone WILL want to help. We'll see. I'm just asking people to help me do something that I wont be able to do on my own.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeamerica2010 View Post
    You just have to hope that someone WILL want to help. We'll see. I'm just asking people to help me do something that I wont be able to do on my own.
    No, you have to convince people to help you. You are even too lazy to even try doing that.

    There are a lot of people who can't do stuff, like eat, on their own. You are just asking for handouts. It's gross.

    What planet are you from? You should be embarrased.

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    The way this usually works:

    a: Somebody has a close personal connection with a charity they'd like to raise money for by cycling, they build a website, tell their story to people who can relate and accept donations to both the charity and to direct sponsorship of the ride.

    b: Somebody (usually with pretty serious credibility) has a unique, marketable idea--with a plan--they pitch to corporations willing to front gear in return for publicity/exposure/links from a trip website, etc.

    c: Somebody falls under category 'a' and/or 'b' and writes adventure travel grants hoping for funding in the form of cash.

    d: Somebody works hard, lives below their means, saves enough money and travels on a budget.

    e: (And this sounds like you) Somebody wants to travel, doesn't have the time, energy or creativity to execute a, b, c, or d and moves on to the next whimsical dream; or, if their dream is worthy, patiently waits until everything falls into place.

    Why would ANYONE want to give you, a complete stranger, money. Especially anyone from this forum, most of whom are busting their own tails (see 'd') to make their own "dreams" come true.

    You have plenty of time to save $1500. Get a job, get a second job, cancel your cable, cancel your cell phone and sell everything you own.

    When that doesn't work: VISA, Mastercard and Discovery would love to help.

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    GTGhis isn't a charity, so it falls afoul of our solicitation policy as stated in the guidelines. Sorry, but I'm closing this thread and removing the one placed in Charity Events, as it's not a charity event.
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