April 28, 2013
8 weeks left!

Well spring is here in full (rainy) force for us in Southern Ontario! The team is all out riding and training for the trip, and Ben is done school for the year, so he's working on planning in full now!

In our last update we mentioned that our Corporate Sponsorship Campaign was at $7500. During the following week we sold both the Cycling Shorts (Grand Valley Fortifiers), and the rear of the van (Bookstore316.com).

On Sunday, April 7, our team had a busy day including presenting and talking about EPIC to a small group from Forward Church, watching a couple movies on sex trafficking and then a full team meeting later that night!

On Saturday, April 20, Ben and his mom-Karen-had a combined birthday party at the Loobys', with about 40 family and friends, some games and great food! They also asked that people give donations to our fundraising goal for Ratanak, and we're happy to say that through that event we raised about $700! Most of the rest of the EPIC team was present as well, celebrating Ben and Karen, enjoying the party, and talking a bit about the trip!

Through all our donations and pledges so far we have raised $1,590 for Ratanak's work in Cambodia! Thank you very much to all those who have given or pledged already. For those interested in donating, you can visit our Donate page for more information.

There's not much else to share yet, but we'd like to give you a heads-up on an event we're having soon. Saturday, May 25, we're planning a Cake & Silent Auction to raise money towards our goal for Ratanak. We'll also be talking about Ratanak and their work in Cambodia. This event will be in the evening, starting probably at about 6 or 7. More details will be available in about a week.

Thanks for your support of EPIC and our Ride! 55 days until we leave!
- The EPIC Team