Ceboride 2011 – It's that time again!
Hi, Friends and Family, Colleagues, and Friends of Harvard Tennis:
Next Saturday, July 16th, Bonnie and I will again attempt our annual 100+ bicycle ride for our special "family" charity, an orphanage in Thailand for orphaned and/or abandoned AIDS children, run by Father Mike Shea, called Sarnelli House. So many of you have kindly taken the time to read this note, and then responded to this appeal over the last five years. We hope you will again. (N.B. for potential recruits: please do not respond to this appeal, no matter how much you would like to help, for obvious reasons.) This will be our sixth time making the 100+ mile trek, either in spirit or in person with the other Ceboriders. This year we will do our own one-day Ceboride near Hanover, NH, hoping to avoid the 140 stoplights we had to contend with last year riding the Heartbreak Hills of the Boston Marathon. As usual, we will send Sarnelli House what we would have spent on airfare, car rental, accommodations, and meals traveling to Wisconsin, in addition to our usual gift.
At this point, desperation sets in, and we're looking for anything we can find to get us through next Saturday…today we experimented with a promising new energy drink called UCan. But what will most sustain us is the hope that we, in a very modest way (and with your help if you are so inclined) might lessen the suffering of kids less fortunate than us.
Here's a little recap for those who are new and for our veteran "donors" who might like a refresher.
Each year since the CeboRide was started in 2002, the treatment for AIDS infected kids has gotten better, but also has become more expensive. The ride is named after Cebo, a little girl who stole the hearts of Molly (Molly is Katie's sister…Katie is Michael Masland's wife…Michael is my wife Bonnie's youngest son) and husband Sam Mueller, who had volunteered to help their Uncle Mike (Father Mike) at Sarnelli House in Thailand, which he has run for 30 years. The first bike ride raised over $17,000 and gave Father Mike the ability to buy antiretroviral AIDS drugs (Father Mike has been running the orphanage for the last 30+ years). Before the ride, children were dying of TB and AIDS. Since that date, Sarnelli House has not lost another child (until last week). The strength Cebo demonstrates as she battles the complications from living with AIDS continues to be the inspiration of the ride. Due to the success of the CeboRide, Fr. Mike has been able to continue to buy the AIDS medication in addition to cover the cost of food, daily living supplies, and costly hospital trips. The successful efforts of the CeboRide have literally saved the lives of hundreds of children! Since 2002 the CeboRide has raised more then $530,000.
There are currently 145 children who live in five different homes at Sarnelli house and another 57 kids in their Outreach Program. Times are very rough and the need has never been greater. Sarnelli House receives no help from the Thai government and relies on the CeboRide and its faithful coterie of riders and sponsors (YOU!). The kids and Father Mike can only repay you with their prayers, gratitude and love.
Riders in Wisconsin will bike from dawn to dusk, riding for Cebo and all of the other children who can't bike the distance. It is a wonderful experience for all the riders, who treat one another as Cebo would… and laugh a lot as Cebo does (I do give Bonnie some good laughs…). We all bike for a better life for the children at Sarnelli House and a few more birthday parties in their lives. We already know that all of us together have literally made a difference in their lives. Please don't wait for a better world or a better day.
Wish it were easy to donate online, but every dollar goes straight to the care of the children, so all the accounting is done by Maggie Shea, Katie's mother.
Thanks for anything that you can contribute.
Bonnie & Dave Fish
- Checks should be made out to : Friends of Sarnelli House UA and sent to Maggie Shea and sent to: Ceboride, c/o Maggie Shea, N5350 Ledgetop Dr., Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Bonnie and I...can't believe I'm still smiling!