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Brothers bike to help raise money for Doctors Without Borders

By kbender
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

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4 Responses to “Brothers bike to help raise money for Doctors Without Borders”

  1. Chris Hodder Says:

    THis is the brother and just wanted to say what a fantastic thing the guys did for MSF we are all very proud and impressed !!!

    Lots of love from an adoring bigger brother !


  2. Sophie Says:

    Nice one guys, from another msf-er (and Chris’s girlfriend) really appreciated and 200 miles is a seriously long way! thanks again and well done!!


  3. Kristen Altbaum Says:

    Congrats on your ride! I live in Lafayette, CA, am an adoptive mother and author of – The Queen’s Wish, A Fairytale About Adoption – proceeds benefiting Doctors Without Borders, an organization I’m passionate about. My book is available at Amazon.com. Do you know any Northern Ca doctors who might be interested in having my book available for purchase in their clinics? I have contacts at Doctors Without Borders who will vouch for my initiative. Please respond. $16 (the price of one book) feeds a malnourished child two meals a day for 80 days. The book is about longing for a child and the journey of adoption, told in a fairytale format. This small request will benefit both families wanting fairytales for the children and children across the globe who urgently need food and medical care.

    Please let me know if your brother knows USA doctors who would be interested in making my book available to anyone wanting to write a $16 check DIRECT to MSF.

    Kristen Altbaum


  4. Christophe Hodder Says:

    Dear KB,

    Sadly my brother Kyle Hodder Hastorf past away on the 6th of Jan 2011. He will be sorely missed but I wanted to thank him again for his tireless fund-raising, which included door to door work which raised funds for MSF. There will be a memorial fund set up in his name soon that will continue to give to Doctors Without Boarders, and as his proud brother I will continue to support MSF and work with them where I can to help, as he would have wanted, the most vulnerable in the world.

    Kyle Hodder Hastorf, I am so proud to be your Brother and your memory will live on in me. Rest In Peace.

    Chris Hodder

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