Recently I received almost 50 handwritten letters on brightly colored paper from the younger kids at A New Day Cambodia (ANDC). The letters are warm and curious(How much do you weigh? How many brothers and sisters? Why you like ride a bike?)
While it’s easy for me to get caught up in the minutia — training, gear, logistics, nutrition — of my cycling adventure three weeks before liftoff, these letters remind me what TransAmerica 2010 is all about.
Naturally I want to complete the physical challenge of a coast-to-coast bike ride.
But much more importantly, I have committed to raise at least US$30,000 to benefit the 96 kids who are under the care and nurturing of A New Day Cambodia. On that count and including pledges I am about 2/3 the way there, with more than 40 contributors so far. Thank you all. There’s much gratitude to everyone who supports this mission the kids at ANDC. The funds I raise will help cover A New Day Cambodia’s general operating and educational expenses. These contributions will have a very material impact on the lives, and the future, of some remarkable children.
A New Day Cambodia, through education, gives children who would otherwise have to scavenge the municipal dump to help support their families a shot at a middle class, poverty-free future….a future for them and their families. This doesn’t solve the poverty situation in Cambodia, but one child and one family at a time, it begins to make a difference. In the long run, a very big difference. That’s what I find so inspiring and hopeful about A New Day Cambodia and why I signed up to help out.
In January I visited A New Day Cambodia’s two centers in Phnom Penh and have been in frequent communication with their Executive Director and with the Founders since. Almost on a daily basis now I get a message from one of the kids, such as this one:-
How are you? I am fine.
I have two brother and one sister. How many brother and sister do you have? My birthday is on Wednesday the 24 of April 2010. And you? How long when you ride a bicycle? Did you like bicycle? I like bicycle too. When I can drive a small bicycle I 7 years old. Thank you for your work to ANDC and good luck for you to drive bicycle.
Helping to give 7 year old Seangly, and many kids like him, a chance of a better life puts everything into perspective. So that I don’t lose sight of this big picture, I shall carry some of the notes from the ANDC children with me on my mile by mile journey across America.