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Embarking on My Journey

The Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins With One Step
– Lao Tzu

I just turned 65 years old; Medicare, Social Security, fun, and relaxation. For me it’s a new chapter, having a dream, and a journey. Being a former school teacher and educator, I want to raise awareness and educate as many people as I can, young and old, about the mass atrocities, genocides, human rights violations, and refugee situations that have taken place in this world and continue to occur today. This is my dream.

To accomplish this, I will ride. I’m planning on riding a bike around the country, stopping in as many communities as I can, working with schools and organization, and raising awareness with every turn of my pedals. Is it crazy? Probably, but this is my journey.

My target departure date is August 2016. Help me get started! I need ideas, thoughts, suggestions, and a lot of encouragement. So many of you have expertise in so many different areas that I don’t have. I did have a physical exam and all is good. I am mechanically sound. So what do I need? A lot.

I would like a slogan and logo such as “A Journey for Human Rights” or “Journey Against Genocide.” All suggestions welcome. I’d like to land a few corporate sponsors for my expenses. I’m not doing this to make money for myself, but there will be things that need to be covered. When I speak, I will ask for donations which I which will be given to nonprofit organizations of like ideas. I need a recumbent three wheel bike. I also need help building a website to provide information on my journey and my goals. There are many more things, and this is just the beginning.

I’m open to any suggestions to make this journey as successful as possible. One person cannot complete a journey by themselves.

Larry has traveled to Rwanda and Cambodia several times working on peace, reconciliation, and education projects.

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  1. Exciting chapter, a noble dream and a journey for the world to admire. Way to go Larry. How about Pedaling for Peace? I’m confident you will be able to raise the funds. How about GoFundMe type fund raising or any of the other crowd sourcing sites? You may have considered these already but just some ideas. In years past when I would fund raise for charitable causes, I would contact local service organizations like the Rotary Club and the Lions Club and they would generously donate after I would give a presentation on why I was doing what I was doing. So glad to have met you on our journey to Auschwitz this past January. Hope you make it to Indiana – I’m betting you will.

    • Hi Laura,

      Thank you for the great suggestions about funding. I will definitely contact some of these organizations. It was a pleasure meeting you as well. I certainly plan to come to Indiana that is for sure.

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