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3700 miles, $37,000


Phang Nga, Thailand:   This last day of the year and of TransAmerica 2010, and both end on a high note.   During the summer I cycled 3,700 miles coast-to-coast across the United States to raise awareness and funds for A New Day Cambodia.  In total, I raised just over US$37,000, a sum 20+% above my fundraising target.  With the generosity of over 100 friends and industry colleagues, US$10 was contributed for every mile that I cycled across America.  This money will go a long way in helping 100 very deserving children a real chance of a productive life free of poverty.  Thank you all so much for your interest in and support of this mission.  

With the recurrence of the number of 37, I did some research in numerology to understand its significance.  It appears 37 is full of Judeo-Christian symbolism, and the number represents “the individual evolution in the cosmic organization.”  Yup, that sums up my year.

Two nights ago in a lovely Thai beach community, I hosted at my residence a cocktail reception for about 30 neighbors of Natai beach.  A fellow neighbor and good friend, Kung and her extended family, did all the heavy lifting for this cocktail party; my role was to speak about my cycling trip and A  new Day Cambodia, and what motivated me toward TransAmerica 2010.  It was very befitting that Dorine, a friend who lived in Phnom Penh until recently and introduced me to A New Day Cambodia almost a year ago, was on hand at this charity event.   THB75,000 was raised at this charity acution event, which took my fundraising over the $37,000 finish line.  Many friends contributed items for the auction, from babysitting services to home-cooked breakfasts, home-made dumplings and yoga lessons.  A good industry friend and talented artist in Singapore, Janine, contributed a beautiful original piece of artwork of an ostrich with an important reminder that we should keep our head out of the sand.   How appropriate.  Rather than speaking about cycling, I spoke about chasing dreams, and my ability this year to realize one particular dream in cycling across the US.  A New Day Cambodia also enables its students, through education, to dream of a productive life beyond poverty. How empowering. 

The ability to chase one’s dreams is a very special privilege.  With 2011 comes new beginnings, new aspirations.  My new big dream is to cycle around the world in stages, and I am already deep in  intensive research as I prepare to chase this new dream.  

God bless.  Follow your bliss.  And wishing you a very happy new year.


31 December 2010


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