Team Limer is now Bailey's Team!
Supporting Camp Sunshine suddenly became very personal to me. While I was in the midst of my fundraising efforts my wife's BF was talking about some family stuff and mentioned that her granddaughter's family was going on a sort of vacation in July to a place called Camp Sunshine! Bailey, who has a very rare and serious blood disorder known as Diamond Blackfan Anemia, will be at Camp Sunshine with her family the same week that our rally will arrive!
Bailey's family is very excited about the rally and their connection with Team Limer. They serve as a concrete example of the value that Camp Sunshine represents to families in similar straits.
So what's different? Nothing really. Your donations still go directly to Camp Sunshine by way of the First Giving organization (Bailey's family has dibs, but we've already got that covered)! I am still participating in the rally as Team Limer. But Team Limer will be Bailey's Team. In my fundraising efforts I hope to do a few things to bring awareness to her particular circumstances. So look for some Bailey-stuff on my Limer (Thanks Scott)! And hang in there Bailey! I'm coming with over 150 friends to bring a bit of joy to you and many others. I can't wait to meet you and your family in person!!
Some related links:
The guys on the Car Stuff podcast gave us a shout-out on their June 5 episode titled "Nuts and Bolts Rides Again". Not only that, but they followed it up with full podcast on June 18 titled "Charity Road Rallies". Look for their usual thorough treatment of the topic and lots of good information about Rally North America and Camp Sunshine. Check it all out on their RSS feed at: http://www.howstuffworks.com/podcasts/carstuff.rss.
Interestingly enough they had to go all the way to England to find anything else resembling a charity road rally organization. Rally North America is very unique, indeed!
So, what about Camp Sunshine? Have a look at this: www.youtube.com/watch
Team Limer asks you to donate generously on our behalf to RNA's Rally New England 2013. Our chosen beneficiary is Camp Sunshine. Nestled alongside the shores of beautiful Sebago Lake, Maine Camp Sunshine provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their immediate families through various stages of a child’s illness. The year-round program is free of charge to all families, and includes 24-hour onsite medical and psychosocial support. Bereavement groups are also offered for families who have lost a child to an illness. Since its inception, Camp Sunshine has provided a haven for over 37,000 individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds.
RNE 2013 is a three-day automotive scavenger hunt combined with off-road racing-related activities. Historical landmarks and scenic venues wiil be checkpoints on this trek covering over 1300 miles in New England and Canada. The fun begins on July 22, 2013 in Watkins Glen, New York with pre-rally activities. Then three days of rallying, with a stop at Camp Sunshine, to our ultimate destination in St. John, New Brunswick. On our journey we will enjoy the company of our many fellow auto enthusiasts and the encounters with the many local personalities we are sure to meet on the way.
Rally North America Charities is a not-for-profit organization, aimed at bringing together automotive enthusiasts from all over the United States and Canada for the purpose of auto rallying for a cause. Last year's events; Rally Dixie 2012 and Rocky Mountain Rally 2012 raised almost $70,000 for the Accelerated Cure Project for Multiple Sclerosis.
Team Limer is one of 80 teams that will be participating in this Rally New England 2013. In last year's Dixie 2012 my team alone raised over $1,500 for our cause. Our goal this year is $2,000. Together with the other teams and sponsors, Rally New England 2013 aims to raise $80,000 for Camp Sunshine.
Please join us in our efforts to help this worthy cause by donating generously. Donations are easy and are gratefully accepted on-line via this web page or via mail. Just click the green DONATE button below to get started.
Visit Camp Sunshine at http://www.campsunshine.com.
And thank you for helping us make a little bit of sunshine!
The DONATE button is down the page a bit, but I thought I'd use this space to provide answers to some commonly asked questions about this event and your donation.
1. Does the money I donate go to you?
No, it goes directly to Camp Sunshine via the fundraising site FirstGiving
2. What's Camp Sunshine?
Camp Sunshine supports children with life threatening illnesses and their families. The camp has the distinction of being the only program in the nation whose mission is to address the impact of a life threatening illness on every member of the immediate family—the ill child, the parents, and the siblings. For more info check them out at http://www.campsunshine.org/
3. Who/what pays for your food/gas/hotel while on the rally?
I do, these expenses are all out of my own pocket.
4. Why are you doing it? / What's in it for you?
First off, I'll be honest, it's a lot of fun and I enjoy the camaraderie. Second I'm very fortunate to be in a position to be able to do something like this that can help children & families escape to Camp Sunshine for a week. I'm looking forward to bringing smiles to as many faces as I can when we arrive at Camp Sunshine.
5. Are you really driving from Palmyra, PA to Ithaca, NY then up to Saint John, NB Canada then all the way back to Palmyra?
Yes, in the span of about 6-7 days.
6. Are you doing it alone?
I hope not! It’s a whole lot more fun to share the experience!
7. So, you're just driving?
Not at all! The organizers have done an amazing job of planning and they have us visiting several checkpoints each day as well as several racing venues along the way. We'll have to find the checkpoints each day and get pictures of the driver & navigator then make our way to the next checkpoint. It's kind of like a scavenger hunt but it's over 3 days and several hundred miles.
8. Who's behind all of this?
It's an organization called Rally North America, this is their 4th year raising money for a different deserving charity. Check them out here http://www.rallynorthamerica.com/
9. How many other people/teams are doing this?
Currently there are 85 teams signed up, you can see all of them here http://www.rallynorthamerica.com/node/6
10. How can I help?
I'm try to raise enough to send a child & family to Camp Sunshine for a week ($2,000.00) and need as many friends, family & even businesses to donate any amount they can. It's super easy, click the link below and hit the donate button to get started. ANY amount is GREATLY appreciated.