Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The 4th Annual Michael Fassbender Birthday Fundraiser for The Bike Experience! (edited)

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Fassinating Fassbender is proud to host the 4th Annual Michael Fassbender birthday fundraiser in support of The Bike Experience (TBE). Michael will be 39 years old on 2 April, and what better way to honor his birthday than to establish a fundraiser for an organization that provides the adventure of riding motorcycles? But the person who created TBE, Talan Skeels-Piggins, and his clients, are disabled persons who refuse to allow their disabilities to prevent them from enjoying the thrill of riding a motorcycle. As we all know, Michael Fassbender is an avid motorcyclist, and celebrating his birthday by donating to a UK charity, which helps people who never thought they would be able to ride a bike due to their physical limitations, is a perfect match!

Since 2013, friends of the Fassinating Fassbender community have raised £3357 ($4658) on JustGiving.com. These monies have greatly helped TBE, but as a charity, they still need our help. This year, Talan provided an update which gives information about exactly how this year's fundraiser will help them.

This season we are running 13 events - 6 at Silverstone, 4 at Donington and 3 at RAF Odiham. We will have spaces for six riders at each event, which is double what we used to offer as the demand is so high. We have spent the past year assessing whether we can safely run six riders, along with the other criteria of equipment allocation. We have enough bikes, volunteers and area, but we are now short of riding equipment. With only 12 sets of full kit, we only have a limited number of sizes, so the FASSFASS fundraising will go to purchasing additional riders safety equipment - HELD two piece leathers, gloves and boots. - Talan, TBE 

Isn't it great to know that there is a demand and a need for the services of TBE? So much so that they need more riding equipment in different sizes to protect their diverse clients. I know we can help them with this request for this year's fundraiser! Talan also provided links to these two new videos:

This short video is about a disabled mother who rode with TBE - Rise of a Rider

This video is a glimpse of a still work in progress 90-minute documentary on TBE titled, Dream the Impossible.

The Bike Experience is really growing, they just announced an American affiliate last month. So along with the new documentary, TBE is becoming more known, and more disabled persons interested in riding a motorcycle are requesting to experience this exhilarating opportunity.

The grand prize raffle winner will win this book, and it'll have a signed thank you message by Simone.
For this year's fundraiser, Talan is going to donate some TBE t-shirts. Based on how many he sends me, I would like to be able to give these out to some donors in the raffle. For the grand prize, we have something that any bonafide Fassinator should have - a copy of the Michael Fassbender The Biography book, written by Jim Maloney. This book has been updated a bit, and another thing that some of you may not know is that Fassinating Fassbender is cited in the book (pg. 189) from the interview I had with Michael! Although you think you know almost everything about Michael Fassbender, this book will fill you in on some new stuff. It's a really nice book and this will go to the grand prize raffle winner this year!

The fundraiser begins today, and will end on April 1st. JustGiving.com finally added a Paypal option which will make donating so much easier for all of you. I made my donation and it was seamless, and secure. Since TBE is a British charity, if you are able to, please try to donate in British Pounds by selecting GBP as the currency of donation. We all take a hit on the currency exchange, especially Americans, when we convert to British Pounds. Our goal is £1000 and I really think we can do it this, especially since we were so close last year. Every single donation counts, no matter how small or how large. You all care enough about Michael Fassbender and TBE, so I thank you very much for your donation. As a reminder, all donations immediately go to The Bike Experience only. All those who donate will have their names added to a birthday message that will go to Michael via Troika! And remember, if you're shy and private and stuff, you can make your donation anonymous. Michael does receive these birthday announcements.

Please make your donation at the FF Just Giving page, and please share the link and this blog article with like minded friends. Let's do this!

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3 comments:

Gabriel said...

I look forward to this every year. Very happy that we're able to make a difference.

Gabriel said...

I look forward to this every year. Very happy that we're able to make a difference.

April said...

Woohoo - a whole month of this wonderful project! Simone, as we've all said in previous years, thank you for the time and work you put into running this birthday project in MF's name. I look forward to donating :)