Here to Here World Tour enters Poland.
C.J. and Dylan Wilkins, two brothers from Calgary, Alberta, Canada are attempting to circumnavigate the globe on two Buell motorcycles to raise funds for Street Kids International. Their trip will see them journey more than 30,000 kilometers and travel through twenty countries.
Street Kids International is a Canadian non-profit agency. It is a global leader in developing and disseminating strategies and tools to provide street youth around the world with skills and opportunities to better their lives. The fund-raising goal of the Here to Here World Tour is to raise more than $100,000, with 100 percent of donations provided directly to the charity.
This week the brothers recently visited a Street Kids International project site, The Foundation for Poland, in Warsaw.
"What an eye-opening experience to say the least," remarked CJ from the road in Poland. "Poland clearly has some of the most complex street kid issues I have ever come across. However, the organization is currently incorporating Street Kids International's programs and tailoring them to fit local laws and their work appears to be very effective."
The Foundation of Poland is currently working with thirty-eight street kid organizations throughout the nation and disseminating Street Kids International's strategies and grants throughout this network.
"The opportunity to view a successful European Street Kids International project of this magnitude is a great learning experience. It's also very motivating to see firsthand the success of the project, which further motivates us in our journey around the world with the knowledge that we are contributing to this cause."
"From our travels, to date, it is very clear that the issue of street kids is one we face not only in Calgary, but also in Toronto, in the UK, in France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, and Poland. It is certainly an ubiquitous global issue, but it can at least be positively addressed from the efforts of Street Kids International," adds C.J. "It's a saddening experience in some cases, but also one that fills Dylan and me with hope, as we see the effects of donations in action that assist kids to make the right choices to improve their lives."
The brothers have reported that weather has been "outstanding" since landing in the U.K. after travelling through North America and encountering a consistent series of treacherous weather conditions.
Unfortunately, the two brothers have experienced challenges with their Russian visas. Due to earlier than expected expiry dates for these documents, the tour riders have been forced to cut their final European leg and their planned travel through the nation of Kazakhstan. Instead, the riders will journey from Poland to the Ukraine and on to Russia and then Mongolia, as they continue their quest to circle the world.
The tour officially kicked off in Calgary on May 10, 2008. Upon reaching Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 22, the two brothers boarded a flight with their bikes and crossed the Atlantic to start the European leg of their journey around the globe.
When not on their motorcycles, the brothers will be interacting with local youth and recording their experiences, along with status updates, which can be viewed on the Here to Here Tour website: http://www.heretohere.com/.
About Street Kids International: Street Kids International strives to provide street kids around the world with the choices, skills, and opportunities to make better lives for themselves. For the past 20 years, the organization has partnered with youth workers to develop locally relevant, innovative workshops, using award-winning animations that engage kids about sexual health, drug use, and youth entrepreneurship. Having worked with more than 2 million street kids in more than 60 countries, Street Kids International has been recognized by the United Nations as a Global Best Practice leader in youth work.
Complete information about Street Kids International can be found at http://www.streetkids.org/.
Attention Promotion Directors, Editors, and On-Air Hosts: Interviews with riders C.J. and Dylan Wilkins and ongoing coverage of the Here to Here World Tour are available.
/NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on the CNW Photo Network and archived at http://photos.newswire.ca/. Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive website at http://photos.newswire.ca/. Images are free to accredited members of the media/
CONTACT: Jonathan Barnes, Here to Here World Tour Publicist, WILLIAM JOSEPH, (403) 770-4900 ext. 27, firstname.lastname@example.org
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