Think globally, skate locally. By Matthew Mc Guire
What do Kuala Lumpur, Rio de Janeiro, Singapore, Estonia, Chandigarh-India and
Stillwater-Minnesota have in common? They’re all locations for this weekend’s
“Skate Around the World in 24 Hours”.
Matt McGuire skated 26.6 KM in Hour 8
(North America’s Central Time Zone) of the global skate which started today at
9:00 AM Greenwhich time. Each hour for 24 hours is being skated by someone,
somewhere around the world with total kilometers completed being recorded and
tallied as a fundraiser for UNICEF—the United Nations Children’s Fund. "Ambassadors"
can donate 1 Euro per KM per skater.
Matt says: “Clemens Suerbaum,
a skater from Munich, has created a really
compelling reason to skate this weekend. There’s a natural connection between
athletes that occurs at international events. Our sports tie together otherwise
disparate individuals. Clemens’ idea of a global team is a perfect representation
of that, and it shows the value of having a broader world-view. It’s a view that
includes the United Nations and their work to protect and help children.
I remember as a kid going trick-or-treating for UNICEF, and I’m glad to see that
it’s a program that still running. I’d encourage parents to involve their kids
this year. At a time when the US is, as a matter of policy, moving away from
global alliances, it’s refreshing to be a part of an idea that dares to think
that a small group of people from around the world could possibly make a difference.
But of course we can’t without your help. So look at UNICEF (again) and donate
what you can. Thanks.
And a big thanks to primary sponsors Adams Inline and
St. Croix Orthopaedics.”
See you on the trail.