Trekking for Youth

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A Georgetown Divide Rotary Club and Drug Free Divide Fundraiser

What is the Fundraiser?  Brian Adams is taking on the challenge of hiking the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail to benefit Georgetown Divide youth and for his own, personal growth.  Donors can pledge any amount to support this fundraiser. Donations can be tied to the miles he walks, or unconditional. His hike begins April 6, 2014.

Who Benefits From the Hike

Mile 1 markerThis fundraiser benefits joint projects of Georgetown Divide Rotary Club and Drug Free Divide. All of the funds from the hike will go to support youth on the Divide (except PayPal’s cut). None of the money raised on this site will go to hiker expenses.

These are the top priorities for the funds raised:

  • Rotary’s RYLA  Camp (Rotary Youth Leadership Award). This is a camp that students attend between their junior and senior years. The students learn leadership skills and the importance of leaving a legacy. The youth who attend make a commitment to participate in service projects when they return, which include supporting Drug Free Divide in their work with youth and in the community. This year we will be sending nine students at a cost of $5850.
  • Rotary’s REGL camp for students at the beginning of their 8th grade year (Rotary 8th-Grade Leadership). This wonderful camp also builds student empathy, communication and leadership skills, and plants the concept of leaving a legacy. We hope to send five students in fall 2014 at a cost of $2750.
  • Junior high community building workshops. The Rotary leadership trainer will work with our Junior High students as the young people from Georgetown and Northside Schools come a walltogether to build a community with the 8th- grade students. The trainer did a wonderful job last year, working to help students with listening, empathy, respect and kindness. The trainer also works with the teachers so that they can reinforce the lessons learned throughout the year. Cost will be $3,000 to $6,000—more dollars means a bigger dose of training.
  • Teens Tackle Tobacco and Other Drugs is a conference held in Berkeley each year. The conference uses youth speakers to introduce students to teen prevention strategies. $2000

Total fundraising goal is 13,600 to 16,600. Any additional funds raised will be held to support these same programs in the future.

How to Contribute

All funds raised will be held by Georgetown Divide Ready by 21, a charitable nonprofit. Your tax consultant can tell you what tax benefit you may get from your contribution. Nonprofit tax id is 32-0262642.

There are several ways of making a donation to this campaign.

1) If you choose to make a direct donation, which is not tied to Brian’s success on the hike, you may write a check to GDRB21. Mail the check to

Georgetown Divide Ready by 21
c/o Stephanie Root
4455 Reservoir Rd.
Greenwood, CA 95635
 

2) You can also make a direct, unconditional donation through PayPal.  Go to the GDRB21.org website to link to the donation page. Or you may also use the Facebook page, Trekking for Youth.

3)     If you wish, you may make a pledge based on the miles he is able to cover or his overall success. You could, for example, pledge a certain amount for every 100 miles that he covers or you could pledge 10 cents a mile—you can make up your own rules! Please send an email to info@gdrb21.org with your pledge information. We will contact you when milestones are achieved about fulfilling your pledge. You will be able to write a check or use PayPal to make your payment.

About Brian

Brian hitched across the country from Hershey Pennsylvania in Spring 2012. Recovering from a heroin addiction, he thought his best chance staying clean was to move away from all the friends, sources and triggers that tempted him at home. A chance ride with a Garden Valley resident brought him to us.

Brian knows that recovery is tricky. He has been clean for three years, and before that was five years clean. The spiritual work that is part of many people’s recovery from addiction has been a big help to him. The support of his family and friends who never gave up on him has been huge. Feeling good about yourself is very important and very difficult when you have spent time being ruled by your brianbody’s overwhelming demand for drugs. Service has been important in his healing, and arranging gifts for needy families, feeding guests at Ronald McDonald house and our own Youth Expo have been among his projects.

The 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail is a huge challenge. Most of the hikers who are able to complete it—about a third of the people who start—take at least five months to walk from Mexico to Canada. The physical challenge is one aspect, carrying 30-40 pounds about 25 miles a day, uncertainties about water supplies, swarming mosquitoes, sun, rain, snow…challenges from A to Z. Anyone who has been what is called a Through Hiker will tell you that the mental game is even bigger than the physical one, and your strength of mind is your only hope of making it through the physical challenges. The trail has a way of rebuilding you from the ground up. Brian prepared himself for the hike by walking the 800-mile Arizona Trail, finishing in March 2014.

Brian is walking to rebuild himself. And with your pledges, his walk will also build success for youth on the Georgetown Divide.

Following the Hike’s Progress

On Facebook: Trekking for Youth Brian begins his hike April 6. He and his friends will be posting regularly on the fundraiser webpage and on Facebook. These sites will also have links to a lot of information about the Pacific Crest Trail and hikers’ experiences. If you start to plan your own PCT adventure and are willing, you can be Trekking for Youth next year!

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