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Good News!

First-well

When we finished the ride on August 23 we had a mixture of cash and pledges for 31-32 wells. In the back of our minds we wondered, “Will all the pledges come in?” The good news is we have seen more than what was pledged come in so that puts the total amount received to date at $276,005!  That is an incredible 32 villages with 32,000 people with clean water!

Sixteen wells have already been provided by GAiN. Ten wells have been drilled in Benin and six in Togo. I hope you are encouraged by what has taken place so far, and we will be happy to update you once all the wells are provided to the villages.

Once again, on behalf of the Cycling 4 Water team, thank you for your partnership! Your help and encouragement along the way was so significant to the overall success of this project. Together we are seeing lives changed and villages transformed for years to come!

Some personal notes from the team…

  • Jacquie and Richard have adopted a baby!  However, this baby was adopted as an embryo, so Jacquie is now 4 months pregnant, and the baby is due in July. They are very excited!
  • Rob finished the fall cycling season strong, mostly recovered from his dramatic fall outside Winnipeg. He, in fact, would like to cover the distance he missed because of the accident this coming summer. He’s looking for a support vehicle driver.
  • Timo is discovering what retirement is really like. He has almost finished a complete reno of their basement. We all know the dangers of reno projects. They seem to spread!
  • Mike would like to summit Mt. Baker this spring with Richard and keeps thinking… “What’s next?”

Many people ask if we are doing any cycling. With the exception of Rob, cycling has taken a back burner this fall. We all plan to get “back in the saddle” this spring.

In just a few weeks, Global Aid Network, through it’s Water for Life Initiative, will be celebrating the significant milestone of providing 1,000 deep-capped water wells in Africa, resulting in 1,000,000 people with access to clean water.

Day 27: Sault Saint Marie – Half Way!!

This week had 3 days of over 200 km rides so we were definitely ready for a day off. Plus we have hit the half way mark of the trip!!!Got to have a relaxing start to the day and enjoyed a second, maybe a third cup of coffee before heading off to Bethel Bible Chapel. Rob did the sermon and I presented the Cycling4Water plan and goals. We were thrilled when almost $11,000 came in for wells from the folks at Bethel. One couple covered the cost of a well, $8,500. So that put our well count up to 23 and working on 24! Here’s a shot of our hosts from Bethel. DSC_5481After a lunch at the church we had a free afternoon that included a nap! Then, Rob the trusting soul, let me take 4 of his nine stitches out this afternoon. The other five need a bit more time. photo(55)Rob is feeling better but the recovery is slow. His hip and groin are still really tender and painful but is starting to have more mobility.  We have no idea when he will be able to cycle with the team. He is helping with arrangements and doing interviews with the newspapers and radio as they come up. Sault Saint MarieJacquie, Richard and Timo went on a city tour with our hosts in the late afternoon. This is a stock photo to give you a glimpse of the Sault Saint Marie, Ontario. We so appreciate the wonderful people that have hosted us and the generous folks that have given to the project in Sault Saint Marie! Tomorrow starts a new week.