A Mark-Yer-Calendar Note from Fatty: One thing you may have noticed with all five of these bikes that we’re giving away with this fundraiser: they are all loaded up with top notch SRAM parts. And that ain’t cheap. At all.
Which means that of all the companies who are sponsoring this Grand Slam for Zambia: The Power of 5 fundraiser, SRAM is the biggest. Which you probably already knew.
But what you may not have known is that SRAM sponsors World Bicycle Relief in a huge way, year round.
And tomorrow, we’re going to have a nice Spreecast talk with the President of SRAM and the President of World Bicycle Relief, to talk about why they do this and how it all works. It should be an amazing chat.
So mark your calendar for 3PM ET / 12noon PT and come back to this site; I’ll have a link to the Spreecast URL at that time.
If you were right here, you’d be in massive danger of getting a big ol’ Fatty-style hug. So you’re lucky you’re not here. And I am too, I guess, because since you’re not here I don’t have to worry about the awkwardness that would ensue after this hug.
But still: consider yourself hugged, virtually, by a beloved, award-winning blogger who is currently right on the threshold of needing to start wearing his seasonal fat pants.
Let me tell you why.
And as you’re donating, some of you are sending email that makes me, well, kinda proud to be a part of this. In particular, someone sent this one to Scot Nicol (Chuck Ibis) upon learning about Ibis’s participation in this fundraiser:
Thank you so much for sharing this with me. I totally get the joys associated with riding a bike, especially with my family and friends, but I never really thought about how it could change lives until I saw this video. It really stirred up some emotions within me as I realized how fortunate I am to have always had a bike!
I immediately hit the link to donate my $5 until I realized that it only takes $134 to buy one complete bike. Heck my dream Ibis is $10,000! So I bought a bike and found great pleasure in knowing that some other awesome person is going to match that, so two bikes will now be donated!
I have asked my family to donate to this cause in lieu of any Christmas gifts for me and I am sharing your email with my community. It is my goal to get 10 bikes donated! I have always really appreciate all the charity initiatives that Ibis supports and have contributed to them all, but this one is something else!
Thanks again for sharing and Merry Christmas!
And that’s just one email. Your comments in blog posts tell similar stories. So thanks for that.
Awesome Blog Post
You may know that last winter I used Beeminder as a way to help me track and stay honest with my weight loss goals. What you may not know is that the folks at Beeminder use their own tool to make sure they hit their own product development goals, with $1000 on the line for the first time they didn’t hit their goal.
And when they didn’t, Henrik was right there to collect the $1000 premium. Which Beeminder gladly paid.
At which point, Henrik turned around and donated it in this fundraiser. Which, effectively, paid for 14 bikes for WBR (paid for 7, matched for another 7).
This story totally made my day — and I think it will make yours, too. Read the whole thing here.
And then go donate.