Thursday, December 23, 2010
"Christmas, Bikes, Courage"
Yesterday I was reminded I've made friendships and bonds that will outlast some of the BS I've gone through lately, regardless of the distance or time in-between visits. Here is a dose of true holiday spirit in proper Canadian fashion from Jim, a friend who lives in Banff.
I donated a bike in your name through 88 Bikes , an excellent charity started by filmmaker Dan Austin (True Fans). I'll send him the enclosed photo, and they'll take it with them when they deliver the bikes. Then you get a photo of a happy kid somewhere in the world, with your photo and their new bike. I've been doing this since the first year they started with a goal of 88 bikes (just saw online that we did bike #16) and they are now up to over 800 bikes for their new project.
And if you could use a smile (and who couldn't), check out this blog posting from the first project in Cambodia. Moment of Happy indeed!
As I said before, I have tremendous respect and admiration for how you have been able face (your recent) challenges with integrity and courage. I hope that this holiday season brings you some peace and happiness.
Jim took this photo after we scored a rare ride together when he was in DC a few years back. Thanks Jim, I won't soon forget this.
Posted by Jason Berry at 4:46 PM