Monthly Archives: March 2011

Single Day Rides

We’d love to have you join us for a single day of any of our multiple-day rides.  We understand that’s unrealistic for some participants to take off for a three day weekend.

The fee to join us for any single day is $30.  This fee includes all of your meals for the day, as well as transportation from the day’s ending point, back to where we started.

In most cases, you’ll need to transport yourself to that day’s starting point.  However, as registrations come in, we’ll certainly do our best to help organize single-day cyclists into convenient carpools.

You are especially invited to join us on September 2, 2011 for the first leg of the Hocking Hills trip.  This will be 43 miles from Grove City, Ohio to Chillicothe, Ohio and will be the easiest and shortest portion of any of our scheduled trips.

To register to ride a single day, please create a TWCP account.  When you log in, visit the “My Trips” page and you’ll see options to register for single day trips.

Happy cycling!

Columbus Outdoor Pursuits Budget Rides

If you’re looking for some great rides to get warmed up for the season, check out Columbus Outdoor Pursuits.  You can find info about their cycling events at http://www.outdoor-pursuits.org/bicycling.php – click on “Activity Calendar” for event dates.

They offer several “budget rides” for only $7 ($4 for COP members).

A budget ride on Saturday, April 2, 2011 – the 39th Woodstock – will have 33, 55 and 100 mile routes marked, beginning and ending in Westerville, Ohio.

On April 9, 2011, the 44th SPOT will have routes marked ranging from 35 to 102 miles beginning and ending in Canal Winchester, Ohio.

This is a great opportunity to get a feel for an organized ride, as well as to network with other riders and support Columbus Outdoor Pursuits.

It’s World Water Day! Give Today!

March 22 is officially world water day.  It’s a day when organizations of all different types and sizes are specifically collaborating to raise awareness of the global clean water issue.

We officially launched our website on March 1, 2011, but this seems like a great time to really get things started.  Please consider making a donation of any size to The Water Cycle Project today.  Whether it’s $5 or $5,000, your participation adds energy and momentum to the system and is extremely helpful.

There are a few easy ways to give.

1.  Make a flat rate donation.  Like $20.  Visit our “Give” page, fill out how much you’d like to donate and click “Give”.  It’s super easy and will only take a couple of minutes.  You can pay by PayPal, credit card or send a check.

2.  Give directly to me (Brad’s) rider campaign by visiting my TWCP profile.  I’ll be riding over 1,500 miles in 2011.  You can either give a per-mile pledge, like 2 cents a mile, or donate a flat amount.   Just look for the “Donate To My Cause” box under the profile picture, and start from there.

3.  Join The Water Cycle Project today by visiting New Account Registration.  Then you can send all of your friends to donate to your cause today, and even make a donation to your own campaign.

Please consider making a donation to The Water Cycle Project today.  We’ve done our best to make it as simple and easy as possible, but if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

A donation of only $5 buys clean drinking water for life for an impoverished Indian child.  What an amazing, life-changing power we hold…

Cool! Water Cycle Project Flyers for Printing & Distribution!

Here are some flyers that you can print and distribute.    We’ve made up several different size options to make printing a breeze.

There’s also a half-sheet option that’s been optimized for black and white printing.  Sorry, this page might take a minute to load for you, due to the poster file size.

11″ x 17″ poster (right click, “save as” to download):
Poster Design

8.5″ x 11″ full-sheet flyer (right click, “save as” to download):
Full Sheet Design

Half-sheet color flyer – 2 per page (right click, “save as” to download):
Half Sheet Color Design

Half-sheet black & white – 2 per page (right click, “save as” to download):
Half Sheet BW Design

When your printer tells you that a portion of the image is beyond the printable area, tell it that it’s OK if it chops off the edges.  That’s what that built-in white margin around the edges is for.

Please distribute these responsibly, and always follow local laws, as well as the rules and wishes of any business owner when it comes to posting these materials.  If you’re handing these out, please be considerate to do so in a way that they won’t become litter.

Beyond that, please feel free to pass these out liberally.  Thanks so much for your help.

If you have any trouble, or would like something different, please contact us.

Fresh Water Bore Well Drilled in December 2010 in India

In January, my parents traveled to India to visit Pastor Stephen and his wife, Queeny.

While they were there, my dad and Pastor Stephen drove out to Muthuramapuram, a village outside of Bangalore where a well we raised money for was drilled.

My dad’s no Spielberg, but please enjoy. :-)

The well was drilled in December of 2010, so this is about a month since it’s been in place. Here’s another video of the same well:

This well will provide many of these women with educational and vocational opportunities that will not only improve their family’s economic situation, but also improve their value and equality within the village as a whole. It’s a beautiful thing!

Imagine, 600 people have increased their average lifespan by nearly 35 years! Fewer children will die of diarrhea, and countless labor hours are now free to be used more productively.

Can you imagine that this well was drilled for only $2,500? Amazing.

How We Roll – Our Fundraising Style

People raise funds a lot of different ways.  It’s important to Melissa and I that we always try to conduct ourselves in a loving and optimistic manner, so we decided on a couple of things before we got started.

No Guilt. Sometimes it’s helpful to understand the relative value of our lifestyles.  For instance, a $4 Starbucks mocha is literally worth a lifetime of clean water to a rural Indian.  But it’s important to us that we don’t use information like this to make people feel guilty about their lifestyles, that’s not the game we’re in.

Guilt absolutely does produce results (that’s why it’s used by organizations so often), but it doesn’t produce deep results.  It’s not our goal for you to feel bad, give up coffee for a week, throw a few dollars towards us, and then move on.  It’s our desire for you to see a greater need, for that to deeply effect you and motivate you.  In the end, that may lead you to give up coffee or pack a lunch, but hopefully that’s the result of compassion and love growing inside of you, not because you feel like a selfish jerk for a minute.

Zero Overhead. Melissa and I are often discouraged from giving to organizations when we look up the salaries of the directors, or realize how much money is going to fund a large bureaucracy instead of hitting the advertised cause.

That’s why it’s important to us to maintain a “zero-overhead” organization.  When you give $1, I want you to feel confident that your dollar is really going to the cause.

The Water Cycle Project has no paid staff or directors, and no fund raising commissions.  The Grove City Vineyard has graciously offered to administrate the funds transfer, and act on our behalf as an accredited 501(c)3 organization, without fee.

All labor is performed by volunteers, from cycling team leaders, to graphic and web design, to data entry.

Of course our organization does have some minimal costs, such as hosting this website, printing limited marketing materials, and miscellaneous expenses on the cycling trips.  We pay these costs in a few specific ways:  Someone donates for the specific need, corporate sponsors, and trip fees.  I’ll cover these in more detail in a future post, as well as provide ways for you to participate.

Melissa and I, and the rest of the Water Cycle Project crew, feel very strongly that it’s not just about how much money we raise, but how we raise it.  It’s our strong desire to produce deep, trustworthy results.

Please contact us with any questions.

Welcome to The Water Cycle Project

We’re so excited to get this project rolling (no pun intended).

Here’s the skinny:

Melissa and I already devote a portion of our income to drilling wells in India.  We think it’s a great cause and we want to figure out how to send more money to resolving this fundamental issue.

So, we’ve planned several multi-day cycling trips around the state of Ohio as a way to generate publicity and donations for the issue of clean drinking water.  There are so many ways for you to be involved, but the best one might be as a cyclist!  Please check out our “join a trip” page for more information on the trips.

The water cycle isn’t just about bicycles.  It’s also about the cycle of poverty.  We’ll expand on this more in the future, but lack of access to clean drinking water is a fundamental block in the vicious cycle that keeps impoverished communities from excelling.

Access to clean drinking water is about more than just doubling average life expectancies or stopping 20% of children from dying of diarrhea (cholera, etc).  It’s also about fair and humane treatment of women, access to education and domestic industry.

Please stick around and read more as we develop this idea.  We’d love for you to give a donation today, or find a way to get involved!

Website Launched

This website is officially launched.

We still have some things to work on, I’m sure you’ll find plenty of areas that you could use additional information or proofreading, and you may even find a few bugs, but this website is now 100% functional and public ready.

Thank you very much for your patience.  If you find a bug, or area of particular concern, please bring it to our attention by contacting us.