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Last weekend, I received yet another invitation to participate in the extremely strenuous Mountain Bike Marathon event called Drasal , which is to be held on July 4, in the Czech Republic, not too far away from my hometown. I was glad to see the invite: it means that life after COVID-19 is slowly getting back to normal and was happy to leave it like that. After all, I have already done it once: six years ago. And I’ve been proud of the fact I was able to bike, sweat, spit, and swear (silently) for 117 km uphill with an overall 3400 m of elevation gain which took me over eight hours. But why would I want to do it again?  Well, do I have any other place than my home office to go to? You’ve guessed it: I signed up.  

The moment I submitted the application it had dawned on me how lucky I am to be doing something so luxurious as travelling to another country to take part in a “hobby”. In the aftermath of the pandemic when many families worry about how to make ends meet, I “worry” about how many calories I need to eat to be able to complete the event. And even during the pandemic, my family was one of the lucky ones: both my wife and I had been able to carry on working from home, and our daughters were able to continue their education online, thanks to having access to a computer. But not everyone has. And that’s why I’ve decided to use this event as a fundraiser to help those in need.

After having talked to a few people from NGOs about the impact of COVID-19 on their work, I became aware of the fact that the NGOs had to adapt  to make many things online. However, most of them have only “hand-me-down” old computers at their disposal, which could barely run Zoom or other video conference tools – including the Association of Public Benefit Organizations in  the Czech RepublicMore in English . With your help, we can change that and help  to make the hard work they do a bit easier by supporting them with new computers. The Lenovo Czech Republic team have promised to offer to the NGOs the computers (obviously with Intel Inside) with special non-profit pricing – thanks for the help!

And here is my additional challenge: the last time I rode (suffered) exactly for 8 hours and 36 minutes….  I will do my best to finish under 8 hours – please double your contribution in this case!

Thank you very much!

Premek Starovesky

P.S. I started with modest goal of few computers. If I manage to raise more money for more computers, the association will provide those computers their members and/or education project. I did not dare to target PCs for the whole class of kids, but it would have been very nice if that happens. 



Premek Starovesky

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