Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Win this Bike and help fight childhood Exploitation

The statistics are mind numbing.  Every month, 375 young girls are trafficked into Georgia, the state in which I live, for the purpose of prostitution.  The average age of these young girls is 14, but young girls as young as ten have also been exploited. I have donated a bicycle to be raffled off with 100% of the proceeds going to StreetGRACE an alliance of churches, community partners, and volunteers dedicated to the elimination of childhood sexual exploitation.  Your donations will go to the advocacy, aftercare, and mentoring of these young victims.  Stop the candy shop, get involved and help us stop the horror of childhood sexual exploitation.  Just $5.00 will get you a ticket for a chance to win a new Gazelle Chamonix Xtra, you do not have to be present to win, and we will have the drawing before Easter.

About the bike, the Gazelle Chamonix Extra is an 8 speed hand built beauty from the Gazelle factory in Dieren, Holland.  This is the Rolls Royce of bicycles, it comes with full factory warranty, and features too numerous to list.  The bike is on display at Nearly New Thrift a non profit thrift store located at 123 West Main Street in Buford, Georgia.  Kate, the owner, ran a successful bike shop there for over a decade, then about three months ago decided it was time to give back.  Kate is still the best bike mechanic in these neck of the woods, and she will  still work on your bike if you ask her, she still has her service area in the thrift store, but all her fees go to charity.  Kate says it's in her blood, when we spoke today she was replacing some transistors in a donated big screen TV.

About the raffle, as I said you do not have to be present to win.  We are a 501(c) so all donations are tax deductible.  You can stop by Nearly New Thrift and see the bike and buy some tickets, if you want to mail a check, make it out to StreetGrace, and send it to 123 West Main Street, Buford, GA 30518. Be sure to enclose your email and phone number so I can contact you and give you your drawing number(s).    Each ticket is $5.00, no limitation as to how many you can buy.

For you out of state or out of country readers that would like to contribute,  if you win and are within 300 miles of Atlanta I will personally deliver the bike to you.  Farther than that, we ask that you pay just for shipping, we will box the bike up and take care of those details, just let us know which method you want us to use, or send us a shipping label.  If you have any questions, please contact me at matthewforbes@charter.net

Thank you for your support, the drawing is scheduled for April 21st, 2011 in downtown Buford,  I will let everyone know the time so hopefully you can attend. Updates to come.

1 comment:

  1. great cause...is it open for out-of-towners as well?