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108 Miles for Karuna-Shechen

by Matthew Caretti

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Dear friends and family,

As positive news spreads here in the US and elsewhere about a waning of the pandemic, I am as excited as you to get back to some (new) sense of normalcy. However, other parts of the world haven't yet begun to turn the corner. This is especially true in South Asia, where the situation has derteriorated during the past several weeks. I therefore decided to participate in the Action For Karuna event in order to support the humanitarian and development projects of Karuna-Shechen, an organization founded by Matthieu Ricard, a monk in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. 

Action For Karuna is a solidarity and collective event during which I am organizing a solidarity project.  You can register for my solidarity project(s) by making a donation on this fundraising page: payments are 100% secure. If you cannot/do not want to participate in my personal project, you can make a donation on this same page. My fundraising goal is €1,000 (about US$1,200). Please help me reach it!

On Sunday, 30. May, I will ride 108 miles (minus all the bags in the pic above) on the C&O Canal to support this project! By participating in Action For Karuna, I wish to spread the values of altruism and kindness to as many people as possible, and to support the continued efforts of this wonderful organization in the Himalayan region. Take part in altruism in action to make this wish come true!

Heartfelt thanks for your support,

Matthew

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06/22/2021

Kelly Walker

€ 200

06/14/2021

Lena Eckstine

€ 20

06/08/2021

Tobias Wempe

€ 42

06/06/2021

Karin Rhoads-Bridgham

€ 45

06/04/2021

Mark Adams

€ 50

06/04/2021

Bradley Ortenzi

€ 100

06/03/2021

Lukas Beck

€ 100

06/03/2021

Bowen Hsu

€ 100

06/02/2021

Brett Potash

€ 100

06/01/2021

Jeff Pierce

€ 45

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  • Matthew Caretti

    Team creator

    06/01/2021

    The Ride is Finished; the Work Continues

    The ride is done and dusted, as they say, though in fact it was a bit of a muddy affair after the rains of Friday and Saturday. And, of course, the fundraising and important work in the Himalayan region continue.

    I want to thank my sister-in-law Syd for getting me to the start in Hancock, MD, and to my brother Erin for riding with me during the first 25 miles to the Cushwa Basin in Williamsport, MD. From there I pressed on alone through the late morning and early afternoon for 43 miles to the turnaround point just beyond the bridge to Harper’s Ferry, WV. The cool weather was a blessing and I managed a great pace until fatigue began to set in during the final 15 miles. Then after 108 miles and 7h14m in the saddle, I quietly rolled back into the Cushwa Basin parking lot. There my mom Cindy collected me and soon provided a warm, delicious meal that helped my body into full recovery mode. Heartfelt thanks, as well, to her!

    A final and most sincere word of thanks to all of those who’ve donated so far. While we haven’t yet reached our goal of 1,000 Euros, we are drawing closer by the day. I am most grateful for your support and look forward to others chipping in to help equal or exceed the target in the days ahead!

    Big Love,

    Matthew

    P.S. Below some pics from 108 Miles for Karuna.

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Founded in 2000 by Matthieu Ricard, Karuna-Shechen advocates and acts for a more altruistic world.

Motivated by 'compassion in action', we support disadvantaged communities in northern India, Nepal and Tibet to break the cycle of poverty and reach their full potential.

We provide vulnerable people with health, education and training services, as well as access to water, solar electricity and other sustainable solutions to improve their livelihoods. 

On behalf of our beneficiaries and all of us at Karuna-Shechen, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for your support.

For more information: karuna-shechen.org/en/