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Three 13-Year Olds Create Triathlon Fundraiser - Tri4Ghana

tri4ghanalogo.pngAngus, Luke and Willem are three 13-year olds from Island Pacific School on Bowen Island in British Columbia who are trying to raise money to send orphaned kids in Ghana to high school via their Tri4Ghana triathlon fundraiser.

For the past 5 years the kids at Island Pacific School have had a letter exchange between their school and the Royal Seed Home Orphanage in Kasoa, Ghana. Through their letter they have come to learn that these kids at the orphanage don't have enough money to be able to attend a proper high school.

To raise funds for our pen pals in Ghana, they've designed a 55km relay triathlon to raise awareness and raise funds. Their event connects their communities of North Vancouver, West Vancouver, and Bowen Island. Their Tri4Ghana event will take place May 24th, 2014 starting on Vancouver's North Shore and finish on Bowen Island. They hope to raise $10,000 to help send at least 4 of them to high school.

tri4ghanakids.jpgAngus, Luke, and Willem are 8th grade students involved in different sports like track & field, hockey, and water polo. For this triathlon each of them are tackling sports they are not that familiar with. Luke will kick off the triathlon on the bike, riding from Deep Cove in North Vancouver to Whytecliff Park in West Vancouver, (~41 km). Then Willem will do an open water swim from Whytecliff Park, West Vancouver to Sandy Beach on Bowen Island (~3.5 km). For the final leg, Angus will run from Sandy Beach to the top of Mount Gardner, the tallest mountain on Bowen Island at 719m, and back to Snug Cove (~12.5km). The event will finish at the Bowfest Field in Snug Cove.

Why they are doing this:
The Royal Seed Orphanage in Kasoa, Ghana is home to about 120 kids, from toddlers to teenagers. The children are schooled from elementary to middle school (9th grade), the same as Island Pacific School. After 9th grade, the kids start working manual labor which will most likely be their job for the rest of their lives. High school costs ~ C$1,500 student/year.

The kids hope to raise enough money via the triathlon fundraiser to send as many children to high school as they can, to help them get educated so they might get well-paying jobs. Their hope is to try and break the poverty cycle for them, which would boost their local economy and in turn may allow for even more children to go to high school in the future.

Donations to Tri4Ghana can be made through CanadaHelps.org & PayPal. To donate, please go follow this link. As of March 13, 2014, they have raised $4,943, so they still need your help. Consider showing your support for they kids with a donation for their upcoming challenge.

You can follow their updates on Facebook and Twitter or learn more on their website at www.tri4ghana.com