Friday, August 22nd, 2008 at 3:30 pm in Uncategorized.
So, you think you’re a weekend warrior? Two 16-year-old twin brothers, Nick and Kyle Hodder-Hastrof, are in the process of completing a 200-mile bicycle trek from their home in Berkeley to northern Napa County and back to raise money for Doctors Without Borders.
The international organization has sent their older brother Christophe Hodder on assignments to Chad and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the past two years.
Christophe Hodder returned in July from a six-month assignment as a project coordinator in Kitchanga, in the North Kivu province of the DRC. Intense fighting between different armed groups in the Kivu region has caused thousands of people to flee their homes since August 2007.
A team of people is working to provide basic health care, medical care for children with malnutrition, and surgical care.
The team also supports a Kitchanga centre providing assistance to victims of sexual violence.
Last year, the U.S. component of the group raised about $152 million, representing about 20 percent of the network’s private funding, according to information from the group’s Web site. So even charity bike rides like the one Nick and Kyle are doing help raise funds for the nonprofit.
The Hodder brothers were on the road on Friday, on the third day of their four-day bike trip and could not be reached for comment. But Outtakes will check back with them to find out how much money they raised and how they are feeling after 200 miles on the road.
Doctors Without Borders is an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. The organization provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect or catastrophe, primarily due to wars, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care or natural disasters.
Meanwhile, I’m off on a bike trip of my own _ to New Mexico. I’ll be back after Labor Day. Keep sending in those news tips and blog ideas. KB