January 4, 2013
...A Look at 2013!

Now that we've taken A Look Back at 2012, it's time to look ahead to what the year 2013 will bring for the EPIC Riders!

As our Ride Team Leader Dave Lewis said in his Jan 2 blog post: "Happy New Years and welcome to 2013! I'm really excited for this year and this summer when we ride across Canada."

He speaks for all of us in saying this, as 2013 is a big year for the EPIC team. As you may know, we plan to leave Cambridge, ON on June 23rd, and head out West to Vancouver, BC for our EPIC Ride. That's only 170 days away-just over 24 weeks! We are excited for that day, and for all 70 days of our trip, but we know that there is a lot of work yet to be done. We have to get sponsorships, fundraise, buy a van, get all our gear organized, figure out our meal plans, make sleeping arrangements, and many other small tasks! Needless to say, it's going to be a busy 24 weeks!

If you have been a supporter of EPIC since early 2012, you'll know that we haven't done any fundraising yet, but that we have been "gearing up" to do so this year.
It is now 2013, and we are ready to start fundraising. We have been listed on Ratanak's website in their 'Donate' section, and if you visit the Donate page of our website, you'll find instructions for giving online to Ratanak.

A few key things to remember when considering your donation:
- Ratanak accepts donations online, and offers tax receipts for donations
- You can also give via cash or cheque, if you prefer. Just follow the instructions on our Donate page.
- Our trip is not over until the end of August 2013. You can give now, and you can also give later, or just give all at once up to the end of 2013.
- We encourage you to give sacrificially. For those who are Christian or of faith, please prayerfully consider your gift.
- No gift is too small! We cannot emphasize it enough. It is the small acts of kindness and love that help create change, for many small things can grow upon each other, and anything you give will be used to help others! That being said, our goal is $25,000; so if you have the means, please give big to help us meet this goal.

Most importantly, we'd like to thank each and every one of you in advance for anything you do to help! It means so much to so many people.

Finally, we'd like to give you a quick preview of what is coming in the next several weeks and months. Our promo video will be released soon, we will have promotional & fundraising material printed, and we plan to have a few events throughout the next few months to help us fundraise for Ratanak!