Monday, August 30, 2010

Pakistan Flood Emergency Appeal with Triple J

I try to make this blog as much cycling related as possible and mainly about my fairly minuscule existence in this now cycling-captivated world. But, while listening to Triple J on my way home another day and learning how massive and how devastating the floods in Pakistan really were:

"The United Nations estimates over 20 million people are suffering and homeless as a result of last month's flood - more than the combined total of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, 2005 Kashmir earthquake and the 2010 Haiti Earthquake."

I decided to vary my course and put something a little more consequential in here, hoping that the word can keep spreading around and help can keep getting to the folks in Pakistan. Once at home, the first thing I did was get into the JJJ's website. I then started thinking how much a donation would mean to me. It was simple, I chose not to purchase the training tyre I needed ($50 on-line or $75 at the LBS) and donate the money. Done!

Now, to help everyone else on how much to donate, I designed the Donation Chart (above) where cyclists, and doesn't matter where they are, can find themselves in one of the categories based on the groupset they run on their bikes. From the groupset they can find how much their donation could be. Easy!

Just a few points to make it proper:

I) If you have more than one bike (cycling families included), go by the best groupset found in the household;

II)If you have Ultegra/SRAM Force or better, and don't race your bike, donate as if you were running Record Super 11 X2;

III) If you drive a 2008, or newer model BMW in Brisbane, donate $89 and use the other $10 to enter one of the local crits where you can rub shoulders with some of the best riders in SE QLD.

And listen to JJJ, it keeps you young!!


Dee said...

I am in, and I have dura ace replacing 105s on the new bike too. I can really relate to the disaster, I am so glad I live in a highset house. It would be an unbelievable flood to get into the house, but anything is possible in a big cyclone I suppose. I am glad for the heads up to get the wallet out and donate, and your table ensured it was a good one!

jaman said...

Thanks Alberto!

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