China on Chinese motorcycles for Half the Sky
On the 9th of March 2011 a friend and I will start our 20,000 kilometer motorcycle journey around China. It’s going to take us 100 days to travel from Chongqing anti-clockwise around the 3rd largest country in the world to arrive back in Chonqing in Mid-June. We’ll be driving Chinese-made Lifan motorcycles. I’m on a 150cc and Lulu is on a 100cc. Both are the kinds of bikes commonly seen on Chinese streets and they’re not exactly specialized for touring, so we’ll see how this goes.
Us and with the local Chongqing motorcycle club guys
Along the way we hope to raise USD$20,000 for the Half the Sky Foundation, a non-governmental organization that works with orphans all over China. Half the Sky is one of only 7 NGOs registered with the government of the People’s Republic of China andthe only one to be working with children. They’ve also been awarded a four star rating, the highest possible, on Charity Navigator - America's Largest Charity Evaluator | Home
We will be fundraising for the Infant Nurture Program at the Half the Sky Centre in Urumqi, Xinjiang. They work with government run orphanage to recruit and train unemployed women from the community to become full-time nannies for the 150 young children at the center. Each of these nannies provide 3-5 orphaned babies the stimulation, bonding and affection that are essential to a healthy start.
We have a long way to go to reach our goal and it would be great to have some donations coming in from the awesome guys and girls at the HUBB. If you would like to donate (or are just curious) check out aroundchina.org | A 20,000km motorcycle journey around China
, or if you would like to find out more about Half the Sky’s programs, their site is www.halfthesky.org.