Helping those who help others

I do hate to do this, but it is for a good cause.  

As pretty much anyone on the site who’s read my stuff knows, in just five weeks, I will once again be participating in the Tour du Rouge, a six-day bicycle tour from Houston, TX. to New Orleans, LA. that raises funds for the Gulf Coast chapters of the American Red Cross that lie along the tour’s route.  And, as is the case with the charity rides we all know and love, in addition to the physical commitment required to complete the ride, I have committed to raise at least of $2500 in donations to benefit these American Red Cross chapters.

Last year I was able to meet my fundraising target, and I am hoping that this year you and I together can exceed that total. And so I am writing this today to ask if you will support me and the American Red Cross by donating to this worthy cause.  Your help is especially important to me this year, since I ran over my bicycle while rushing to get me dog to the veterinarian and will need to divert funds that I had set aside for covering any fundraising shortfalls towards getting back on two wheels again.

I’m sure everyone here is familiar with the Red Cross.  We see their efforts going on right now dealing with the aftermath of the earthquake in Japan.  But the Red Cross here at home is also in need of donations, as they do so much more than just deal with the large disasters like this quake.  The American Red Cross help your neighbors, friends, and family survive the unimaginable – a fire, hurricane, or tornado that destroys everything you own – by providing food, shelter and survival kits and other resources. These essential items assist with immediate needs but also jump-start recovery efforts which the American Red Cross continues as people begin to rebuild their lives.

Indeed, we were reminded of this nearly every day of the ride last year. On two of the six days, there were fires in the area that the local Red Cross chapters responded to, providing aid and shelter to the affected. When we rode into Morgan City we were reminded about the CPR training that the Red Cross offers, and told about a little boy whose life was recently saved thanks to someone who had recently taken one of these courses that was able to keep the boy alive until the paramedics arrived. And as we rode into New Orleans, the first gobs of oil from the BP oil disaster were just started hitting the Louisiana cost, forcing all of the local Red Cross chapters to plan and prepare in case an evacuation was necessary.

Your donation to the American Red Cross’ Tour du Rouge will provide much needed funds to the local communities along the Gulf Coast that have suffered thorough the many disasters over the last few years, both large and small. This is why your contribution is so vital. Unfortunately, disasters and emergencies seem to never cease. Fortunately, the American Red Cross is here to get you and me through them. I want to raise as much as I can because I know it will make a difference. Won’t you please join me in my efforts? Together you and I can help the victims of countless crises by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross. The link to make a donation is 
The website is secure, fast and easy to use. At the website you will be able to choose an amount to donate and receive email confirmation of your donation (if you would like to make an offline donation, send me a message, and I will get you a donation form and an offline receipt).

Thank you so much for your support for this very worthy cause.

William D. Neumann