So, the big question:
Why are we doing this?
Earlier posts give some indication of how this ride came about, but in the mire of logistics and budgeting, the ideas that spawned this adventure started to strain.
Why bother doing a ride like this? The LONZ ride has been done before, and how will you even know that it nets tangible rewards?
The point is that this isn’t a cost/benefit exercise. It’s about getting out there and doing something, whatever the odds, because you believe in the cause.
Youthline is a wonderful organisation. They do a lot of good work off the back of volunteer hours. They are scrupulous in their recruitment. They are professional and they are not funded as well as I believe they should be. The counsellors have to fundraise and canvass the streets themselves, often putting in big hours to net small gains.
Youthline presents a unique situation – whereby counsellors go through an extensive vetting and training process in order to volunteer their time to help people who really need it. If only it were as simple as popping more people on phones, but it isn’t that simple. They’re careful about who’s taking the calls, because they realise the risks that they’re dealing with.
So we’re doing this ride in the hope that:
a) We raise awareness of this great facility – whether for people who need it and haven’t heard of it, or aren’t sure whether they should call up; and
b) We inspire people to support Youthline.
If all the people that are reached by this adventure gave just a little, maybe Youthline could take on an extra counsellor, or maybe they’d be able to stay open a little longer over the holiday periods – when history has shown this support can be needed the most.
So, I do urge you to consider giving a little to the organisation. They’re truly worthy of your support. You can follow the banner above to the donation page, or there will be a permanent link on the sidebar. In the day of debit cards it’s as simple as taking 5 min to make a one-off donation on the net.
Pan comida, folks.
Alternatively, if you’re not so internet savvy and we’re passing through your town, you can hand us a donation to pass on. As iterated earlier, 100% of what we receive will be passed on to Youthline. My deets are:
We’ve also procured a tracking device thanks to Salcom Technologies and will be hoping to have that linked to a map of NZ so that you can follow our position as we go. Come along for a few km or just meet us for a chat!
Watch this space for more details on the tracking. We’ll be kicking this thing off from Southland on 3 January 2013.