When you give of your possessions, you give but little; it is when you give of yourself that you truly give.- Kahlil Gibran
Thank you for visiting my fundraising page.
I remember the impoverished children I saw on the streets while growing up in the Philippines. They were abandoned and forsaken and I never forgot their faces. Throughout my life, I’ve often wondered why I was so fortunate- able to live the American dream. I moved to the U.S. when I was 13 years old and built a successful life here. Now I am in a unique position to help these poor children, and I need your support.
As a member of the Philippine National Cycling team, I will be competing around the world in Sydney, Los Angeles, Denmark, and Manchester to qualify for the '08 Beijing Olympics in track cycling. I am dedicating my Olympic pursuit to a charity serving poor children in the Philippines. In doing so, I will proudly represent my country and help it. I need your support to do so.
I’ve partnered with the Philippine Children’s Fund of America (PCFA) (www.pinoykids.org) (tax ID 94-3162880). The PCFA is the most widely supported Filipino-American non-profit in the U.S., dedicated to providing educational, medical, health and nutritional programs to thousands of needy children in the Philippines, while also helping to empower their communities. I’ve personally visited the charities they support in the Philippines, met with the director and other volunteers, and talked with the children in need first hand. I truly believe in this organization and my ability to help these kids.
In sharing this objective with my community in the U.S., I have received an outpouring of support and commitment. As I’ve learned in cycling and in life, you can’t win on your own. You need support from family, coaches, teammates, sponsors, colleagues, and friends. These unfortunate kids also need a network of people to help them. They can’t break free from their poverty without help from an entire community. Please join my community by making a donation. 100% of the money I help raise goes directly to the charity.
Please share my donation page http://www.firstgiving.com/2008olympics with anyone you think might want to help too. Also, I am looking for a corporate sponsor who is interested in matching the donations my community makes. Please let me know if you have anyone in mind who can help me with this.
My road to the Olympics is posted on my blog.
To make a difference I am counting on each individual contribution. Thank you in advance for your support.