D2N’s Birmingham Bike Festival and Over The Edge Detroit always served a dual purpose - not only did they raise funds, but raised awareness of the components of D2N’s mission:
‘To improve public health, health care and educational opportunities for children in remote Himalayan villages in Nepal, and to support children in the greater Detroit area through their communities.’
Birmingham Bike Festival
Thanks to their director and founder, the late Jeff Surnow, we partnered with the BBF in 2012, 2013, and 2014. This event allowed us to raise awareness for the needs of children, whether they live in the Detroit area or in rural mountain villages of Nepal. Our activities at the BBF consisted of a bike parade and a children’s fair. The bike parade included children from the local community, children from the Beaumont Rehabilitation Department riding their new custom-fit adaptive bikes, as well as children and families associated with the Beaumont Pediatric Oncology Department. The BBF and The Rock Companies/Beaumont Children’s Fair helped us raise funds and awareness for these two Beaumont programs. D2N’s Bike Program started at the BBF. Participants were encouraged to drop off used bikes and helmets at American Cycle and Fitness’s three locations. These bikes and helmets were then donated to youth programs in Detroit.
Over The Edge Detroit, May 2016
In front of friends, family, colleagues, hundreds of spectators and even a wedding, 178 rappellers…..young, old, terrified, seasoned, Nepalese and superhero rappelled down the First National Building. All in all it was an amazing event. Half of the funds raised went to programs in Nepal; the other half supported American Promise programs.
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Maria Popi, Andy Moy and Nelson Moy were our wonderful photographers.
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