Do something that scares you every now and again. Isn’t that the lesson Kurt Vonnegut taught us as part of his now famous commencement speech?**

Having often commented on how long-distance cycle trips seem scary (more specifically both mentally and physically very uncomfortable) this year I have decided to challenge myself by participating in the 2012 Boomer’s Legacy Ride from Courtenay to Victoria (240km).

You can read all about Corporal Andrew James Eykelenboom and the Trust Fund that was set up in his name to provide sustainable humanitarian assistance to an area of focus that has previously been overlooked, or unable to be assisted in any other way.

In short I believe it is a decent cause and feel that any money donated towards it on my behalf will go towards something beneficial. That is the point of this message, to ask for pledges towards my 240 km journey happening this weekend (June 15 – 17). I would appreciate any donations made towards my goal of raising $300; and to put my money where my mouth is Continual Palingenesis – Social Media Solutions has pledged $100. The capable folks organising this event made pledging/donating very easy indeed. You simply:

  1. Visit – http://www.boomerslegacy.ca/ride/2012-bc
  2. In the left-hand column, under “Pledge a Rider” select “Vorster, Pieter” from the dropdown menu (it’s near the bottom of the list)
  3. Click on the Donate button
  4. Pay using either Paypal or your credit card
Please note: Donations over $20 are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. By paying via Paypal you will also have an electronic record of the transaction.

The main reason I am doing this ride, however, is to challenge myself by doing something completely new and finishing a ride across almost half of Vancouver Island on a bicycle. If I can ride to Victoria, you see, there is nowhere in the Comox Valley I can’t bike to…

It seems almost serendipitous that the ride coincides with the 2nd Annual Comox Valley Car Free Sunday, so that I may show my solidarity with the event in this manner.

Many thanks for your consideration to help me reach this goal. All the best.

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**Side Note: Turns out it is not Kurt Vonnegut’s speech. Actually (according to Wikipedia) “Wear Sunscreen or Sunscreen are the common names of an article titled “Advice, like youth, probably just wasted on the young” written by Mary Schmich and published in the Chicago Tribune as a column in 1997, but often erroneously attributed to a commencement speech by author Kurt Vonnegut.”

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