We’re down to the last few days of this year, which is a perfect time to sit back, relax, and quietly reflect on what has happened during the past twelve months. After all, by thinking about what you’ve done — both good and bad — you gain insight into what you want to do differently (as well as the same) in the future.
Unfortunately for me, though, I’m currently about 30% done writing a research report (yes, I write research reports as part of my day job. Envy me.) that ought to be about 90% done right now. Until I finish that (hard deadline of Wednesday, thanks), there will be very little quiet moments of reflection happening here.
There may, however, be moans of panic.
That said, I do want to take a moment today to recognize what we, as Team Fatty, have accomplished this year, as do-ers of good deeds. I think it’s a pretty impressive list.
Team Fatty started its dominance in the universe of charitable giving with LiveStrong, and we continued this proud tradition in 2011. Specifically, at the LiveStrong Davis Challenge, we raised the most money — $118,000 — and were the largest team. In fact, of all awards given at that event, Team Fatty won…all of them.
We did that as a team by raising money through bike giveaways, by selling jerseys, and by doing the 100 Miles of Nowhere.
More importantly, though, we did it by members of Team Fatty using their collective genius to creatively find ways to ask other people to help out.
We also had an amazingly good time, from an extraordinary team gathering at the Bicycle Museum to pie after the ride to the ride itself.
I loved it all, and I can’t wait to do it again. Click here to join Team Fatty for LiveStrong Davis in 2012. It’ll be fun. We’ll meet at the Bike Museum again.
We’ll eat more pie.
And since this will be the largest gathering of Team Fatty in 2012, you really should do it.
You’ll have a great time, and you’ll be doing something important toward helping in the fight against cancer.
It’s worth the effort, both in terms of good you’ll be doing and fun you’ll be having. I promise.
This was a local event, but I loved being part of it and I loved what it represented. This first-ever half marathon raised $55,000, with all of it going toward cancer treatment for those who could not afford it.
Right now, with the economy in the tank, knowing that we did something good for some people who otherwise would have to compound their suffering over cancer itself with anxiety over paying for treatment, well, I’m glad that Team Fatty and I were able to be a part of it.
Team Fatty’s most incredible success this year has to have been the “Grand Slam for Zambia” project, where we set the audacious goal of raising enough money — $134,000 — to buy 1000 bikes for kids in Zambia, thereby providing the catalyst to change 1000 lives for the better, in a very big way.
Well, we didn’t quite raise that $134,000.
No, we raised $158,507.00. Enough to buy 1,125 bikes.
And you know what? Those bikes are starting to make their way into kids’ hands. We’ve got video. I’ll show you soon.
You will be so proud of what you have been part of.
Team Fatty got its first taste at being the title sponsor of an event. Which really means that I got to donate some money to a local event because the money they are raising will be used to buy a blanket warmer for the cancer center Susan used to go to for chemo treatments. I can easily imagine how much she would have liked to have a nice warm blanket while she sat and got chemo, so this was an easy event to support.
Yes, we’ll definitely be doing this again in 2012. Mark your calendar for July 14!
My friend Dustin Brady — Marketing Guru for Shimano — made a couple of promises to his fiancé before she passed away: to support the Young Survival Coalition, and to race the Kona Ironman.
Team Fatty was proud to follow Dustin as he kept his race goal and to help Dustin with supporting YSC. In fact, Team Fatty raised $22,005 for the Tour de Pink, and got to send breast cancer survivor Heather S to ride the Tour de Pink as a Team Fatty ambassador.
We’re going to be back in 2012. In much greater numbers.
A kid in my neighborhood fighting Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His family doesn’t have a lot of money for treatment, and I asked you all to help me raise some money for him by buying my book, with the plan being that I’d use all profits from the sales of 100 books to go to Stephen.
Well, you all came through, big time, by donating and buying books. In one weekend, we raised $3141 for Stephen’s treatment.
What we did with Levi’s GranFondo definitely put the “fun” in “fundraising. Beginning with an appeal to Levi’s sense of decency, which was responded to by his tough-talking lawyers, then finally settled by the good folks at BikeMonkey.
We gave away an awesome trip and other schwag, and raised $7405 for the many good causes supported by Levi’s GranFondo.
To be honest, I’m not sure my book belongs in this list, because it’s not like in this case I’m raising money to go toward a charity.
No, I’m raising it for myself, in order to build the nest egg I need to research and write the Caretaker’s Companion book I want to do.
So let’s just include it and say that more than 1600 of you have bought a copy so far. Which is a pretty great start for a book that’s been out for less than a month.
I’m not going to go and add up how much money Team Fatty raised this year. Even though I’m pretty sure it would add up to an awesome number.
I’m not going to go back and count how many fundraisers we did. Even though there were a lot.
Because what matters — as far as I am concerned — is that, pretty much non-stop, we kept doing something good, for some important cause. All throughout the year.
In 2011, Team Fatty made a big difference in a lot of people’s lives. For the good.
All while being remarkably silly.
Thank you for being a part of that.