Thank you!

30/07/2010

The fundraising is coming to an end, and I feel I have to thank everyone who has made this possible. Not a thank you from me, but from all the children who will benefit from your help.

Stuart MacLean
Where to begin? I don’t even know. This guy has gone out of his way to help out with the fundraising. Countless hours have been spent with me being oh so blond and not understanding html codes, how to use photoshop properly, changing blogs, listening to all my frustrations and joys of this journey, and so much more. And all this whilst doing his own fundraising and training for a 24 hours ride from London to Paris for Scope (which he finished in 23 hours 40 minutes!). He’s become one of my very best and closest friends through this, and I’m looking forward to the future charity projects we’ve been discussing, and sincerely hope I get to be a part of them. Thank you Stuart, I would not have been able to do this without you.

Will Bennett – Right To Play UK
Will got in touch with me when I first started out the fundraising. He’s arranged cycling challenges to raise funds for Right To Play, the latest from Brussels – London, and also works closely with Team HTC-Columbia. He’s given me a lot of advice and support throughout, and also a lot of great ideas. He even surprised me with a signed 2009 Team Highroad jersey for the fundraising.

Kristy Scrymgeour – Team HTC-Columbia
In the middle of the Tour de France Kristy has on several occasions helped me out and got the guys on the team to sign jerseys. She’s also helped with promoting the auctions, which have most definitely helped raise a lot more money than it would have without her help. A huge thank you for all your efforts and all your help.

Ellen Cohune – Team HTC-Columbia
Ellen was the first person to help me out with the auctions. She sent me a signed jersey and got me in touch with Kristy to also get it signed by the Tour de France team. In addition to that she’s helped promote the auctions and given me support and advice.

Will Frischkorn & Andrea Bisogno – Team Garmin-Transitions
These two guys went out of their way to get a jersey signed for the auctions, not just once, but twice. It did at one point “unfortunately” lead me to the team hotel without either of the guys or the jersey being there, but I really didn’t mind hanging out with the mechanics for a while. Thank you both!

Also a huge thanks to all of these:

Bryan Smith, Jonathan Vaughters & Toby Watson – Team Garmin-Transitions
For getting me in touch with the right people and giving me the best ending to the 2010 Tour de France at the POM After Party.

Sean Weide, Ian Sherburne & George Hincapie – BMC Racing Team
For sorting out the signing of the print and the picture to promote the auction!

Kristof Ramon – professional cycling photographer
For donating the print of the amazing photograph of George Hincapie and promoting the fundraising.

Koos Moerenhout – Rabobank
For helping me getting the jersey signed and getting it back to me once it got a bit lost!

Ted King– Cervèlo TestTeam
For donating his very fashionable socks for the auction, taking the time to do an absolutely amazing interview and promoting the fundraising.

Joao Correia – Cervèlo TestTeam
For donating items, telling other team mates about the fundraising and having them donating items as well, taking the time to do a fantastic interview and helping me out in Paris.

Carlos Sastre – Cervèlo TestTeam
For donating great items for the fundraising auctions.

Thor Hushovd – Cervèlo TestTeam
For donating the jersey he wore when he won the Norwegian National Championship for the auctions.

Karin Løkke – involved with all the Norwegian riders fan clubs
For donating the t-shirts, helping me promote the fundraising and introducing me to Thor Hushovd.

Ricardo Van Der Velde – Team Garmin-Transitions
For donating his signed jersey.

Steven Cozza & Scott Cozza – Team Garmin-Transitions
For donating a signed jersey & t-shirt to the fundraising auction, taking the time to do an interview, and in general helping me out.

Kristian House – Rapha Condor Sharp
For taking the time to do a fantastic interview and donating no less than two jerseys and a gillet for the auctions, and promoting the fundraising.

Michel Van Keulen and the rest of Right To Play NL
For donating 4 jerseys for the fundraising.

Gro Eide and the rest of Right To Play Norway
For continuous advice and support.

Mark Cavendish – Team HTC-Columbia
For promoting auctions and subsequently helping me raise a lot more money for Right To Play.

Ole Kristian Stoltenberg – Eurosport Norway
For promoting the fundraising to the Eurosport viewers during Giro d’Italia and Tour de France.

Joe & Dave Wilson
For interview and donating the t-shirt for auction.

The guys riding the Tour de France for Team HTC-Columbia, Team Garmin-Transitions and Rabobank
For taking the time to sign the jerseys.

All the riders who took the time to do interviews for the ‘Rider Of The Week’ feature on my blog:
– Stijn Vandenbergh (Katusha)
– Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Columbia)
– Kurt Asle Arvesen (Team Sky)
– Svein Erik Vold (Joker Bianchi)
– Jonny Bellis (Saxo Bank)
– Ingar Stokstad (Joker Bianchi)

And last, but not least, thank you to everyone who’s helped me promote the fundraising by tweeting and publishing on Facebook!

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