As most of you know- this trip is more than just a hike. For most of the past 10 years I have worked with Chicken Soup Brigade, helping folks living with chronic illnesses access quality nutritious foods. When my dreams of hiking this route became reality, it only made sense to turn this into a fundraising opportunity for an organization I care so much about.
I plan on raising $10 for every mile I hike, which should come out to nearly $10,000 for CSB! I’ve already been blown by the generosity of friends, family, and even some folks I don’t know! As of this writing I’m over 25% of the way towards my goal!
To kick off the fundraising last month I set up a little raffle- it had been a year since I had last shaved, and my friend Robyn had the idea of auctioning off how I would look for the next month. Every donor’s name was dropped in a hat, and the winner got to choose what I’d look like!
There were some nervous moments at home. Christa wasn’t necessarily excited about the idea of staring at my mutton-chopped face for 2 weeks, or at the prospect of a large waxed mustache. We threw the names in a hat, and drew out a winner- my PCT friend 12 Ounce!
She thought for a bit and decided on a classic beaded beard look- definitely a surprising twist to me. A friend from work donated the beads and Christa took to the design work:
Christa twisted and pulled and beaded away- and the final result? Well, the general consensus was somewhere between “Wow! That’s not as bad as I thought it would be.” to “That actually kinda suits you!”
Thanks to Robyn, Mo, Christa, and 12 Ounce for making the idea, design, and donation. It was a lot of fun!
I’ll be continuing to fundraise throughout the trail! Do you have an idea for something you’d like to see me do while I’m out? Let me know your idea, make a donation, and I’ll try to make it happen! Just click on the Hiking for Hunger link on the side bar.
Thanks for considering and see you up the trail!