Saturday, February 6, 2010

30-Hour Famine this weekend

No riding for me today because my family and I are participating in a famine...going without food for 30 hours (actually, about 36 hours) as a way to raise money for the hungry and poverty-stricken people across the world. 

Here is the dominant fact that is on my mind this weekend:
  1. 26,000 children die EVERY DAY due to preventable diseases, poverty and hunger...that is about one child's death every five seconds.  Through no fault of their own, just based on where they were born.    This number is much improved over where it was 10-15 years ago.  Change is happening.
We are doing this event with World Vision and the website for the famine is  Of course, there are other organizations and other communities in great need as well.

I just wanted to put this out there, for each of us to take a minute to consider how fortunate we are and to encourage everyone to find some way to give back.  This is such a horrible condition, yet preventable.


Big Clyde


CactusFreek said...

That's great! Do you get to eat anything at all?
I couldn't do it so i take my hat off to you.
We do sponser a child through Compassion though.

Tricia said...

Thanks for sharing this!

Larry said...

I hope your weekend was a success.

You may have already seen this, but something compelled me to share it with you here... on the 30 Hour Famine post.

in the January/February issue of Bicycling magazine (with a female rider on the cover) there is the story of a man who weighed nearly 500 pounds. Yes, 500.

He made you and me look like Emo Phillips.

After visiting his doctor and being told he would probably die, he was at home - he only left his apt two or three times a year - and he was looking out the window and saw a man riding a bike. And smiling.

He remembered the fun he had as a child riding bikes. So he called around and tried to find a frame builder to construct a bike strong enough to support him. Most all of them laughed at him.

But he did not give up. He kept calling and found a man willing to build what needed to be built.

After he got his new bike he was too scared to try it, so it sat for months. Then on Thanksgiving Day 2005, he was about to sit down for the family meal, and as he stared out over the enormous amount of food layed out over the table, he had a vision.

He decided right there that he was going to stop over-eating and start riding his bike. He ate two pieces of turkey, then went out and got on a bike for the first time in 20 years.

He rode to the end of his block and had to stop and rest. He was exhausted. But then he rode back. And had to rest again. But then he rode again. And again.

When he went to bed that first night he had logged 1.9 miles.

He began riding his bike every day. Regardless of the weather, he kept riding. Every day. Hot, cold, rain, snow. He kept riding.

No matter how many people laughed at him and yelled out names like "Fat Ass," he kept riding.

No matter how many kids threw bottles and cans at him, he kept riding.

He never missed a day. Never made an excuse. He gave up time with his family to ride because he knew riding was the single BEST thing he could do for his family.

Every single day. He kept riding. And through all this he ate less, and ate better.

15 months later he had lost 160 pounds.

By Thanksgiving of 2008 he had lost over 300 pounds. Three hundred.

Today he weighs 170 pounds.

Keep riding.

Control the beast.

Zechariah 4:6

Big Clyde said...

Ah, Larry. You are referring to the "large fella on a bike" blogger who was one of a short few bloggers who inspired me to start this one.

I am impressed by his consistency and also note that he made a major shift in his diet. I have yet to make much a change at this point. Need to improve on both. Thanks for the reminder.


Anonymous said...

Zechariah 4:6 (New International Version)

So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.