Send Anche to the Olympics!
$14,770 of $10,000 goal
My name is Anche Cabral. I am 31 years old, and I am from Los Palos in Timor-Leste, a tiny town about 7 hours from the capital Dili.
I am also a mountain bike rider, and after years of riding in every race I could possibly make it to, I was recently granted a widcard entry to compete in..............
THE OLYMPIC GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That means I will be the first ever East Timorese mountain biker to represent my country at the games. I am incredibly proud to have this opportunity to represent Timor, and the Timorese government has agreed to pay for my airfare and accomodation.
But here's the problem.... I have to take leave without pay from my work in Dili for one month.
Which means I won't have money to pay for my food, for my bike equipment and anything else I'll need in Brazil.......
Also, I can't send any money back home to my elderly mother and father, and my younger brothers and sisters in Los Palos when I don't work. They rely on me a lot these days. Even though they still work hard on our land, life in Los Palos isn't easy, and I'm the one who has moved to the city and found a steady income.
Did I mention I plan to go to Brazil to compete at THE OLYMPICS!!!
If I don't find some extra $$$ fast, I might not be able to go.... And Timor would be without its first ever mountain bike racer at the games.
Let me be honest, Timor-leste is not a rich place. I'd like to be able to do this under my own steam, but actually, I need your help!
I want to raise $5,000 AUD. This will allow me to take care of all my living expenses when I'm in Brazil. It will also allow me to fix my bike when I have to, have spare tyres available, make sure I have plenty of helmets on hand and people making sure I have water during the race and sustenance when I'm done. It would mean I don't have to worry about funds, so I can concentrate on what I do best - riding. Anything left over, I'll be sending back to Los Palos for my family.
If you are able to help me compete in Brazil by making a small donation, I will be so incredibly thankful, and you will genuinely have helped me fulfill one of my life's dreams.
Thank you to everyone who has donated, we were able to raise an amazing $14,770 - enough for all of Anche's expenses, PLUS a new bike, and enough left over to keep everything afloat back home.
Even though the campaign has now run it's course, we will post some updates of Anche's journey here on the page for everyone to keep in touch if they like.
Thank you again for all of the support!
Here is a personal message from Anche:
'I would like you to say that I'm incredibly thankful to you all, thank you very much to all of my friends and relatives that support me on this fundraising by sharing, and my very special thanks for you all that have donated. This will enable me to realise my dream to be the first Timorese represent my country at Olympic Games as a mountain biker. I know that the competition is not easy but I will do my best.'
Please note that any additional funds donate will go towards Anche buying her own racing standard mountain bike. Her coach Nelson Silva has very kindly been lending his bike to Anche for training, so next task is.... UPGRADE TOOLS!!!
Only $75 to go, and we only just ticked over on 24hrs - this has really blown all expectations out of the water.
So, who wants to be the lucky person to tick it over the magic $5k mark? :)