Taylor and Darren Cycle for a Cause
On January 4, 2014 we will embark on a cross country bicycle trip in order to raise money for our beloved school, "El Instituto Cultural Reinaldo Macchi," (ICRM). We will be biking along the Southern Tier, a 3,100 mile stretch starting in St. Augustine, Florida and ending in San Diego, California. We hope to complete the journey in under 50 days.
Team TobatÃ is 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged youth in TobatÃ. All donations to the school are 100% tax-deductible. Through the efforts of this charity, the ICRM has been established. The mission of our school is to educate the smartest and most economically disadvantaged children in the TobatÃ area, a rural Southern American town devastated by poverty and short horizons.
The school consists of grades 7-12 and has 83 students in total. Through the financial support of Team Tobati, each student receives a full academic scholarship to study, complete health care, school supplies, uniforms, and three meals a day. The academic rigor of the school is among the toughest in Paraguay, and the structure of the curriculum is based on the model of a typical American college-preparatory high school.
This institution offers the best education in Cordillera, Paraguay, and provides our students with an opportunity to break free from the bonds of poverty and truly make a name for themselves in this world. Every student at the ICRM is a dreamer, and the school gives them the proper resources to accomplish their goals.
Darren LaFrenier has been a part of Team Tobati since March, 2002. He's participated in eight community-service trips and taught English at the ICRM from 2008 - 2010. He currently serves as the Director of the school.
Taylor Ross joined Team TobatÃ in September, 2011. In addition to teaching English, he also serves as a College Adviser for students at the school who want to study at a university in the United States. (Three ICRM students are currently studying on full academic scholarships at universities in the U.S. Two are in their junior year at Mt. Saint Mary's University in Maryland, and one is in his first year at the University of Pennsylvania).
Through this bike trip, we hope to raise money not only to continue funding the school, but also to finance various projects, some of which include replacing run-down desks, chairs, and whiteboards. Additionally, given the harsh reality that scholarship opportunities in Paraguay are extremely limited, we want to start a college fund for our students who look to continue their studies after completing their time at the ICRM.
We profoundly appreciate your support. We humbly believe that in this world, with the proper resources, todo es posible"”everything is possible.
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More info at...
Please send checks to:
9 Rogers Place
New Britain, CT 06051
(please specify "Darren and Taylor" on the check)
Read an in-depth look at Taylor's experience in Paraguay...
-New computer- $450
-School materials per student for one year (backpack, notebooks, calculators, etc.)- $50
-1 Desk- $50
-1 Chair- $30
-Food for one student per day- $3.50
-Food for one student per year- $665
Darren and Taylor finished their 3,100 mile bike voyage this past Saturday in San Diego. We want to take this as an opportunity to thank all of you who supported us along the way. You guys kept us pedaling, even when Aoelus, the Greek God of Wind, tried to halt us with his whistling winds.
This trip would not have been possible without the compassion of each and every one of you. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you. And remember, todo es posible!
We posted a massive update on the blog about the last week on the road as well. Enjoy at your leisure!
Thanks to all of your support, we've reached our fundraising goal. Soon enough, we'll reach our personal goal of completing the 3,100 mile journey.
Check out our updates from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. One more state to go!