DRIVE FOR SMILES 2014 Panamerican Expedition
DRIVE FOR SMILES- 2014 PAN AMERICAN EXPEDITION
RAISES FUNDS FOR CLEAN WATER & JACKETS
FOR COLOMBIAN CHILDREN
A group of Land Rover enthusiast band together to make a dream trip on the Pan American Highway benefit children and the ecology.
WHO: 29 Team Members from around the world and their Uniquely Customized Land Rovers
WHERE: Lebanon, Ohio USA to Bogota, Colombia via a portion of the Pan American Highway in South America
WHAT: Vehicles that are a cross of an Indiana Jones vehicle and a 747 cockpit! The main Expedition vehicles from Lebanon and pictured above has over 55 individual customizations.
WHY: To raise funds for:
Voices for a Better World benefitting children in Bogota Colombia who are undergoing chemotherapy by providing puppet shows, games, crafts, and a jacket for each child.
The Nature Conservancy: to clean and preserve water throughout South America including the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta Mountain’s, on the Amazon River, and on the Magdalena River,the Chingaza and Sumapaz National Parks in Bogota Columbia specifically in Colombia which provides clean drinking water for Bogotá's 8 million residents including children
On November 22, 2014, a group of approximately 29 Land Rover Enthusiast from across the world will arrive in Santiago, Chile to start the 4 week 2014 Expedition of DRIVE FOR SMILES via a portion of the Pan-American Highway while driving 12 specially equipped Land Rovers. These enthusiasts have donated their time, money, and resources to create the specially equipped Land Rovers, which through the international attention the expedition is receiving, and the donations received, will bring Smiles to so many children that need something to Smile about.
As the Team throughout South America to Columbia they be visiting 4 area’s the Nature Conservancy is working in that are directly affected by donations to the Expedition. Those with an appreciation for culture, breathtaking scenery, food, and geographical landmarks will not want to miss our blog and social media updates reporting on the landscape, climate change, water resource issues, and forestry as the team travels to Colombia. Teachers, Individuals, and Group Leaders are signing up for our blog to follow our expedition so they can learn about our rapidly-changing world, about the continent of South America, and how humans are impacting our planet. The Team will also join Voices in visiting the children in hospitals of Bogota, distributing jackets and at a Christmas Concert Event planned just for the children and the arrival of the Expedition.
Volunteers from around the world are also organizing events to encourage donations and support this year’s expedition including bike races, dog walks, bake sales, volleyball games, and private parties. Members from the Ohio Team of the 2014 Expedition are attending several events, car shows, and festivals to raise funds and awareness. Whether it’s a $25 donation to Voices to provide puppet shows, games, crafts, and a jacket for each child or our 1+2=Life Water Challenge the Expedition Team is hoping to raise $300,000 dollars towards the Expedition Charities.
This year’s expedition is excited to be a small part of bringing smiles to children who endure so much yet inspire those who love and care for them. Please join us in bringing smiles to those who deserve it, those who need it, and those who can’t afford it.
DRIVE FOR SMILES MISSION STATEMENT: To bring smiles to children suffering across the globe and the preservation of our planet for future generations.
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