Two teams of cyclists are traversing two different continents all for the same cause: ending hunger and poverty.
Colorado-based photographer and filmmaker Isaiah Branch-Boyle and cyclist Dylan Harris have embarked on a 2,200-mile bicycle tour from the Atlantic coast to the rolling plains of the Mid-West, and have plans to finish in Colorado Springs, Colorado, on August 18. They're hoping to raise $25,000 to support Heifer International's earthquake recovery and rehabilitation efforts in Nepal.
Dylan and Isaiah started the journey July 14 and are currently making their way through Kentucky. We'll be following this team along as they make their way to Colorado. Isaiah had this to say about the journey:
Less than three months ago in Nepal, the ground cracked open and buildings fell by the hundreds. Entire villages collapsed and thousands of people died. The very skyline of the world shook and sent avalanches and rock slides down onto buildings, roads, and basecamps. For a few weeks afterward the world sent help, the media shone it’s mighty spotlight, and aid poured into the country. Now the attention has fled elsewhere and there's still work to be done. Although the Nepalese are some of the hardiest and resilient people on the planet, they need help. When Dylan said he was going to to bike across the country and use the money he raised to help the people of Nepal I was inspired by his desire to help people he had never met in a place he had never visited. Even those who have never been to the Himalayas or visited Nepal can understand what it feels like to be impacted by a disaster, and we all know it takes more than a few months to rebuild. However, as we begin to traverse the nation that helped New York, we have begun to find spirited people who want to help raise buildings out of the wreckage for those that live on the roof of the world. You can help Nepal by discussing their situation with friends, sharing our story, and donating.
Right now, Heifer also has a match going on for Nepal. Any funds raised through Fundraise for Nepal will be matched dollar-for-dollar up to $40,000. Let's get them to their goal and help Nepal rebuild. You can also keep up with Dylan and Isaiah over at their Fundraise page.
Or, if you want to follow along with another fundraising team traversing our American neighbors to the south, check out Seth and Amanda's trip from Cartagena, Colombia to Ushuaia, Argentina.
The couple started their journey in February and they are currently in Peru where they've met with Heifer staff. They had this to say about why the've undertaken this epic ride down the west coast of South America:
What's the point? We wanted our trip to entail more than just travel and self-edification. That is why we are partnering with Heifer International to raise 10,000 dollars for families in South America. Heifer's work in other countries is very exciting and tangible. That's why we like it. This philosophy of "teaching a man to fish" is really exciting and we want to support their efforts in South America.
We'll also check back in on their progress a little later, too.
Don't forget to check out the Fundraise for Heifer page, or start your own journey yourself!