My Day of Service efforts have been in support of The Foundation For Tomorrow
, a Tanzanian NGO focused on providing quality education to some
of the millions of orphaned and abandoned children in Africa. I think
it's quite fitting that my association with the Foundation has had a
"centennial" or at least a "hundreds" theme on many fronts. I first
started working with the Foundation in December 2009. In 2010, I spent
100 consecutive days training for RideTZ, a 400 mile endurance bike ride
from the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro to Pangani, TZ (a small coastal town on the India Ocean). Unfortunately on the 100th day of my
training while I was attempting to complete a 100 mile bike ride, I was
hit head on by a car while I was stopped at a stop sign. I was very relieved to survived the crash with just a few injuries (mainly two
cracked vertebrae), and I was thrilled to be able to make the journey to Tanzania just 3 weeks
later. Our RideTZ team managed to create great awareness regarding the tremendous need for quality education in Africa and raised over $100,000 toward
scholarships to African orphans to quality primary and secondary boarding schools in Tanzania.
Here are some of my favorite photos from my RideTZ adventure.
This year, I am pledging 100 hours of service to The Foundation For Tomorrow, so far my 2011 efforts have not included any bike riding! As a member of the Board of Directors, I've been having a great time this year working on social media marketing, fund-raising, event planning and grant development. I am also working on
a exciting proposal with The Foundation to build the first ever Interactive Learning Center in Arusha, TZ.
Happy 100 Year Birthday IBM. Thanks for supporting IBMers around the world in their small steps to make a difference in this world.