‘Grand Slam for Zambia’ Smashes Its Goal Raising $344K
Last November, bike blogger Fat Cyclist set out to raise $125,000 ($250K after WBR's matching contributions) through the Grand Slam for Zambia II: This Time It's Personal. After a successful Grand Slam in 2011 raising $134,000, Fatty visited Zambia, delivering some of the bikes his Grand Slam contributed. This trip led to the second annual Grand Slam--"This Time it's Personal"--because the trip changed him and empowered him to raise even more in 2012.
So with a goal of $250K with the matching funds, Fatty set out to gather an unbelievable slew of prizes that any one would have the chance to win, whether they donated $5 or $5000. Each donation would put their name in the pot, to be randomly selected for the prizes after months of fundraising.
The Grand Slam raised $344,680. That's over 2,500 bikes and 50 trained mechanics with toolkits. That's over 2,550 lives immediately changed, with thousands of others to follow suit as each bike benefits more than one person. That's the Power of Bicycles.
Along with some incredible sponsors like Specialized, the event had over 1,500 donors and participants. Fatty notes, "Special thanks to Specialized who championed this cause like it was their own. Not only did they donate amazing prizes to the contest but they used the power of their social media channels to drive people to the contest. They are a wonderful partner and this contest wouldn’t have been the success it was without their support."
Fatty and WBR also want to thank to Levi Leipheimer, Rebecca Rusch, Tom Danielson, Patrick Dempsey, Chris Horner, Ted King, Miir, Twin Six and Honey Stinger for their willingness to support the contest with their own prizes and strong voice.
Over the two months of the event, Fatty slammed his blog with posts about his trip, WBR, and prizes and sponsors. Some readers complained that all he ever wrote about anymore was WBR--a point that made him proud. "Each blog post and prize announcement created a wonderful wave of enthusiasm but it was very special to see the contributions come rolling in on Christmas Eve. To see that kind of support around our work was very, very rewarding."
Katie Bolling of WBR also loved the experience of working with Fatty on this fantastic event. She says, "Working with the Fat Cyclist on his Grand Slam for Zambia contest series is fun and rewarding. It is amazing to see his community – and the entire cycling community – rally around him on our behalf. To date, Fatty has raised over $400,000 for World Bicycle Relief. He’s creating a legacy in rural Africa and we are so proud to be a part of it."
A hearty thanks to Fatty and the entire community who supported this contest. We are working to award all the amazing prizes, but for now here's our top 5 prize winners. Congrats!
1st: Jim Burns | Cycling Camp with Tom Danielson and Patrick Dempsey
2nd: Allison Houston | Specialized Stumpjumper
3rd: Rebecca Lee | Specialized Roubaix
4th: Daniel Resnicow | Levi’s Gran Fondo package
5th: Roger Hall | Honey Stinger prize pack