Go Selena Go: Cycling to Make a Difference
Organized by: Selena C
EVENT DATE Sep 07, 2014
I started a fundraising instagram so you can follow my journey in photos http://instagram.com/selena.chau
WHY I AM CHALLENGING MYSELF, AND YOU:
Cycling allows me to push myself for personal growth. Now I'm cycling to give back to my community. I am truly challenging myself with the mileage and elevation gain in climbing. If I didn't challenge myself to do something big, I wouldn't feel confident asking you to support me, and the worthy causes I will be donating to. I am not the fastest or most serious cyclist, but I am happy realizing that I can make a difference as an individual. I'm not competitive, I'm motivated!
"Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do." -John Wooden
I ride because I can. I am giving back because I can. I will ask, tease, dance around you, and incentivize the donations out of you to reach my goal. Read my cycling story at the end of this info column.
ABOUT MY RIDES:
Sunday, September 7, 2014: 2014 Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo
Solana Beach, CA
105 miles, 10,300 feet elevation gain
If you're not a cyclist, you should know that this elevation gain will not be a walk in the park for me. This is my kickoff, and I'm a little scared. Yikes!
Saturday, September 13, 2014: Tehachapi Gran Fondo
97+ miles, 7288 vertical feet climb
Just 7 days after the first.
Sunday, September 28, 2014: Nick Venuto Century
100 miles, 4,800 feet elevation gain
Who knows what my legs will feel like at this point.
ABOUT MY CAUSES:
Orange County Bicycle Coalition
If it wasn't for bicycle advocates, there wouldn't be a valid, free transportation alternative, and the streets wouldn't be as safe. Our local bike coalition aims to cultivate acceptance and respect between motorists and cyclists so that thousands of cyclists can enjoy riding for personal goals, commuting, and exercise in the beautiful outdoors.
Operation Help a Hero
Many OC cyclists ride through Camp Pendleton, and are conscious of our military troops' efforts and their place in our local community. This Orange County based nonprofit focuses their efforts on local bases and is dedicated to the well-being and care of American military members. Their programs support military units and families as they prepare for separation, while they endure the challenges of deployment, and as they transition back to the United States.
Operation Courage Is Beautiful
This San Diego-based volunteer project shows appreciation for the courageous contribution and sacrifice by women in the military. OCIB ships care packages specifically geared towards women who are deployed in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. I'm a woman in the male-dominated field of cycling, and I won't be intimidated because of it!
BE MY HERO! CONSIDER THESE DONATION AMOUNTS:
- $500: I have a half pixie/half bob haircut going on now. For a $500 donation, I will shave a design of your choice on the left side of my head. Subject to approval: if it's clean and positive, I'll do it. *Make a bold donation for a bold incentive!
- $100: I'll make you a knit or crochet holiday ornament or sachet (while I sit and let my legs recover).
- $50: It'll get you a batch of my most delicious homemade cookies, sent in the mail if you are not local to me.
- $25: I'll send a thank you photo postcard from the race in the mail.
- You can donate in any dollar amount and I appreciate every contribution!
- CrowdRise has set up incentive contests--these will be sent by me (not CrowdRise) in the form of HTML emails. I apologize if these seem spammy, but they're really just emails to link you to my fundraising page, where you can donate!
MY CYCLING STORY:
I had a thrilling dance performance career of over 10 years. I was my passion career but over those years, I had serious knee injuries and surgeries. It was an emotionally difficult decision to walk away and retire even though it meant preserving my body and not being in pain daily. I am still the type of person who needs to be physically active, though, and I've learned to swim and ride a bike since these activities don't hurt my body. In the summer of 2013 I bought a hybrid bike in NYC to commute to work from Astoria to the UWS. Then, I met the right people and learned of 9W, where I could escape the concrete jungle and ride in the Palisades next to the glittering Hudson River. Cycling let me push myself, but take my time, not hurt my body, feel free, and still get that awesome feeling of exhaustion that I love. I completed the NYC Century Tour that summer, and after moving to OC, finished the Palm Springs Century in February. I am due for a century, but the brainchild to do three as a fundraiser came quickly and grew with increasing momentum. I only hope that my fundraising and donations come in as fast--these rides are in a month!
I have created this fundraising challenge myself, and selected local nonprofits that I know push the most resources back into the services they provide. I am an individual, and not a 501(c)(3) charitable organization which means you cannot claim a tax-deduction by supporting my cause. However, be assured that after registration costs are covered, all donations will go directly to the nonprofits, split equally. 100% of your pledges will be passed along to other organizations doing good work.
CrowdRise is a great site, and here are the costs that apply to direct, secure donations on this site:
- Donors have the option to make it so 100% of their donation goes to your cause. And most do it. For those that don't, CrowdRise takes a 5% fee before the funds are applied to the fundraising goal. The credit card company also deducts their standard 2.9% + $0.30 fee from each donation.
- If you want to give me cash, check, or send donations any other way, you can bypass these fees and I can apply them manually to this fundraiser.
- You do NOT need a Crowdrise account to make a donation. You can make a donation on Crowdrise in less than 30 seconds.
- You can be listed as Anonymous donor and also hide your donation amount.