To my dear family and friends,
On Saturday July 23rd, I am participating in the Capoeira Arts Foundation's annual Rodathon. Any donations received will go towards supporting a program called Projeto Kirimurê, which strives to help at-risk youth.
I met the kids when I visited the project in 2012, and again when we reached our destination of the B2B bike trip in 2014. The kids come to Projecto Kirimurê every day to a safe place where they play games, learn to dance and play music, get help with their schoolwork and learn Capoeira.
Capoeira has been a huge part of my life since I started in 2010, and to see it used to positively influence the lives of so many kids is truly a privilege.
I would appreciate it if you could make a donation, big or small. You can give with any major credit card by hitting “Give Now” on the upper right.
Why are we raising money?
The main goal of the Roda-thon is to help contribute to the sustainability of an at-risk youth program called Projeto Kirimurê (PK), in Itapuã, Bahia, Brazil. Once a small fishing village, this community has become overrun with urban crowding, pollution, poverty and the high prevalence of violence and drug-related crime.Through PK’s cultural center, local children between 4 and 16 years of age find a safe and nurturing environment through which they discover who they are, why they are special, where they come from, and how to find positive solutions to seemingly impossible problems. As the children of the neighborhood learn the game of capoeira, its music, history and philosophy, they develop physical and emotional strength, discover their roots and build self-esteem and character. Along with capoeira and related music classes, PK also offers literacy classes, homework help, psychological counseling, activities in health and environmental education, as well as field trips and a daily nutritious snack. PK works hard to engage the families of the children in all of the above work.
Founded by Mestre Acordeon, The Capoeira Arts Foundation is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been dedicated to supporting Projeto Kirimurê since 2005, among other capoeira and capoeira related projects. His goal in supporting PK is to give back to the generations of children whose ancestors gave him and countless others the beautiful art of capoeira.
What is the Roda-thon?
The Roda-thon is a pledge based fundraiser in which participants play as many capoeira games as possible. As in many fundraisers of this nature, participants will look to raise funds through our extended networks of family, friends, coworkers, neighbors, etc. Participants will search for sponsorships on a per game basis, or by asking for a flat contribution. Suggested minimums are $1 per game or a flat contribution of $20, but any and all contributions will go a long way to helping us achieve our goal. All contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of US tax laws.
Thank you for joining me!