New River Rendezvous kicks off May 20 and runs through May 22. Osprey, as always, is a proud sponsor of this grassroots climbing event in the New River Gorge. The Rendezvous is the annual fundraising gig for the New River Alliance of Climbers. It’s a fun and friendly three-day celebration of climbers, climbing and the New River Gorge.
This is our first time at Interbike, and we’re very excited about showing off all our new bike product! But we’re also excited about partnering with a fantastic cause, 88Bikes. All through today we’ll be selling Raptor 6 and Raptor 14 hydration packs with 100% of the proceeds going to supporting 88Bikes.
All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to 88Bikes in support of VILLAGES, their fifth and biggest project to date. From June through November 2010, 88Bikes is reaching out to children in Africa, Mongolia, Latin America and the United States, focusing on small rural locations where their bikes can have a major impact. The funds raised through the Osprey event will specifically support 88Bikes efforts to bring bikes to kids in the Navajo Nation.
Pick up a Raptor 6 for $20 or a Raptor 14 for $30 and know that you’re helping kids round the world discover the love of two wheels.
Editor’s Note: As of 12:17 p.m PST all the packs are officially sold out! Thanks to everyone who supported 88bikes and we’ll now be happy and hydrated out on the trails!
Osprey’s very own Sarah Harper Burke is taking part in a great endeavor this summer: she’s climbing Mt. Shasta as part of Climbing Against the Odds, an annual mountaineering expedition by the Breast Cancer Fund for breast cancer prevention.
Osprey has long been a supporter of the Breast Cancer Fund, and Sarah’s excited to take part in this year’s expedition. We sat down with her to learn a little bit more.
Why did you decide to join the Climb for the Cure?
This was an opportunity presented by Osprey. Osprey has supported the Breast Cancer Fund for years. This was the first time Osprey has taken the next step of support by sponsoring a team member on the climb.
I’m sure you’ve been working hard to train for your climb, what has kept you inspired?
As I continue to learn about the Breast Cancer Fund, I’ve realized how connected their attitude towards prevention is to my everyday experience. I’m inspired to help spread this message throughout my community. Also, I am a complete novice at mountaineering. This physical challenge is like non- other I have experienced. That alone has been a great push.
What impact do you think your climb will have?
Climbing Mt. Shasta is a challenge that I hope will grab people’s attention. This is no small walk in the park. This is a large group of cancer survivors and their families climbing mountains as a way to represent what odds they can overcome. It’s inspiring!
The Breast Cancer Fund is all about studying the environmental causes of breast cancer. Why is that important to you?
I have not been personally affected by breast cancer but am concerned about ways in which I can prevent it. I’m learning about how some cosmetics and plastics can have a serious effect on my body.
With breast cancer affecting so many women, what do you think ordinary people can do every day to raise awareness and support those fighting cancer right now?
Money talks, even in subtle ways. We can all help spread the word of prevention with how we spend our dollars. Make sure you are purchasing BPA free plastics, choose safe cosmetics, buy hormone free meat and dairy. Little changes in the way you spend can send a huge message to manufacturers.
Now comes the exciting part: Sarah’s in the midst of fundraising for the Breast Cancer Fund — she’s trying to raise $7,500, and she’s a little over $3,000 away from her goal — and we want you to take part! By donating money to the cause, you’ll be supporting the BCF’s work to expose and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer.
We think that’s definitely worth supporting, and just for a little extra, we’re throwing in a little swag. We’ve got 20 Transporter duffles up for grabs for the first 20 people who donate $50+, and to top it off, a big pack prize to the person who puts us over the next $3,000 donated. So hop on over to Sarah’s fundraising page and help the cause and get the chance to score some sweet Osprey gear!