Category Archives: fundraising
100 Copies: Pedal On Tacloban

I really, really love this print from 100 Copies and the fact that it’s a tribute to the people of Tacloban makes it even better:

“The devastation of Typhoon Haiyan has seen homes and lives destroyed by flood waters.
If each of us do our bit to contribute, we can help the people of Tacloban rise above this disaster and rebuild their lives.

All proceeds for this print will go to the Red Cross Haiyan Relief humanitarian efforts in the Philippines.

85 copies remaining
Date of release: November 2013
Sheet size: A1 (840mm X 594mm) Approx 24 inch X 33 Inch
Print Quality: Offset Lithographic Printing using 3 Pantone spot colors. Printed on 9 Lives Recycled 250gsm paper. Suitable for archival use.”

100 Copies

Nov 21, 2013 1 comment
More Bike Raising: The Needle Gate Project

The Needle Gate Project just exudes good vibes. A group of riders are pedaling from Seattle to SF (the Needle to the Golden Gate) for She Dances, an organization that provides holistic restoration for young girls who have been trafficked and sexually exploited…

Check out their video above and click-through for more info.

Jun 27, 2013 4 comments
Introducing Leave it On the Road
Leave it on the Road and the Vanilla family!

With all the benefit rides that happen year after year, what’s stopping people from doing their own? Save yourself from the swarm of people you don’t know, call a friend, plan a ride and hit up some sponsors. That’s exactly what Michael Tabtabai and Andrew Hudon did.

Leave It On The Road ride starts Monday, June 17 and goes 3465 miles in 24 days from Oregon to Massachusetts.  Along the way and through fundraising, Michael and Andrew are hoping to raise $52k for the Colon Cancer Alliance. All the background info can be found at Leave it on the Road.

Follow them on Instagram too!

Check out a full sponsor list and a parts break down below, as well as more photos in the Gallery!

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Jun 14, 2013 5 comments
I Will Ride to Cure Diabetes But I Need Your Help
MichaelDorkMode copy


Mom on a recent ride, left. Brother Michael in dorkmode on the right.

When I was 18, my middle brother Michael was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. It wasn’t because of his diet, or his lifestyle, it was a genetic occurrence that was completely out of his hands. Since then, he’s found a way to compete in college lacrosse, graduate with honors and get married. Oh and he’s a tri-dork. Don’t hate him for that though.

Michael’s T1D limits his lifestyle, even though he did nothing wrong, well besides ride triathlons (ok, ok, I’m done). Every year, since Mike was diagnosed, my mom has donated her time and money to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and this year, I plan to help out as well.

About two years ago, I bought my mom a Surly Crosscheck. She wanted to start riding when she saw how much cycling had improved my health and like a good son, I helped out any way I could. The same goes for my brother. I bought him a Bridgestone RB-1 when he expressed an interest in cycling. He rode it every chance he got and ended up selling it to buy a new bike.

Now myself, along with two of the most important people in my life have made a pledge to raise $2,000 for the 100 mile JDRF ride in Burlington, Vermont in July. I’m sure it’ll be easy enough for my brother and I, but it’s a benchmark for my mom, who’s been training for months. I haven’t ridden in Burlington since highschool and I can’t wait to explore the cycling culture there during the trip.

Originally, I had the amount promised to me by an unnamed company but that has fallen through. So here I am, asking you for help. It doesn’t have to be much, but if you or your company or whoever is willing to donate to JDRF, please do so at the link below.

Donate to John Watson here (where it says Donate to John) and I can’t thank you enough for all your support. I’ll be making a hefty donation as well, later on this month. Seriously, I don’t like asking anything from the readers of this site, but I would appreciate any support!

Jun 6, 2013 8 comments