Taylor and Darren Cycle for a Cause

$26,405 of $25k goal

Raised by 212 people in 44 months
Taylor Ross
for Team Tobati Inc
FOLLOW US ON THE ROAD NOW! BLOG ADDRESS: http://darrenandtaylorcycletheusa.wordpress.com

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 Tobatí is 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged youth in Tobatí. 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 Tobatí 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 Tobatí 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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Please send checks to:

Team Tobati
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...


Costs Information

-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
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Update 17
Posted by Taylor Ross
38 months ago

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!

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Update 16
Posted by Taylor Ross
38 months ago
T-minus six days and counting until we reach our final destination in San Diego. Hopefully on March 1st, the guys will be sitting with their feet and bike tires soaking in the vast Pacific Ocean.

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!

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Update 15
Posted by Taylor Ross
38 months ago
97.5% to our goal. Almost out of the big, windy bully that is Texas. Take a look as the guys battle Aeolus, the Greek God of winds, all the way across the western plains of Texas.

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Update 14
Posted by Taylor Ross
39 months ago
Cold weather forces the guys off the road for three days. Read all about it as we attempt to traverse Texas.

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$26,405 of $25k goal

Raised by 212 people in 44 months
Created August 21, 2013
Funds raised will benefit:
Team Tobati Inc
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New Britain, CT
EIN: 61633788
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Jessica Mand
23 months ago

Donating in honor of Max Obourn - Happy graduation!

23 months ago
Owen Cotthaus
23 months ago

In honor of Max OBourne & the 2015 KO Grads....Go Max - Go Wyverns - Go Team Tobati!

ronaldo silva
27 months ago
30 months ago
Liz and Leo Galleg
31 months ago

A donation on behalf of Liz Van Loon, who as of Saturday will be Mrs. Liz Galleg!

Janet Ciccarelli
37 months ago

What an incredible and heartfelt accomplishment!

Juan Martin Burt
37 months ago

So inspiring. Congratulations!

steph nelson
38 months ago

Congratulations on your amazing journey and successful campaign!

Martin Price
38 months ago

You guys proved, without any doubt, that "Todo es Posible". Congrats on a grueling ride across the USA. Your adventure will be a life long memory with ups and downs but all along you knew it was for a great cause. Proud of you!

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