WARSAW, Poland, June 18 /CNW/ - The 2008 Here to Here World Tour has
officially entered Poland after travelling through England, the Isle of Man,
Scotland, Northern Ireland, France and Germany.
C.J. and Dylan Wilkins, two brothers from Calgary, Alberta, Canada are
attempting to circumnavigate the globe on two Buell motorcycles to raise funds
for Street Kids International. Their trip will see them journey more than
30,000 kilometers and travel through twenty countries.
Street Kids International is a Canadian non-profit agency. It is a global
leader in developing and disseminating strategies and tools to provide street
youth around the world with skills and opportunities to better their lives.
The fund-raising goal of the Here to Here World Tour is to raise more than
$100,000, with 100 percent of donations provided directly to the charity.
This week the brothers recently visited a Street Kids International
project site, The Foundation for Poland, in Warsaw.
"What an eye-opening experience to say the least," remarked CJ from the
road in Poland. "Poland clearly has some of the most complex street kid issues
I have ever come across. However, the organization is currently incorporating
Street Kids International's programs and tailoring them to fit local laws and
their work appears to be very effective."
The Foundation of Poland is currently working with thirty-eight street
kid organizations throughout the nation and disseminating Street Kids
International's strategies and grants throughout this network.
"The opportunity to view a successful European Street Kids International
project of this magnitude is a great learning experience. It's also very
motivating to see firsthand the success of the project, which further
motivates us in our journey around the world with the knowledge that we are
contributing to this cause."
"From our travels, to date, it is very clear that the issue of street
kids is one we face not only in Calgary, but also in Toronto, in the UK, in
France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, and Poland. It is certainly an ubiquitous
global issue, but it can at least be positively addressed from the efforts of
Street Kids International," adds C.J. "It's a saddening experience in some
cases, but also one that fills Dylan and me with hope, as we see the effects
of donations in action that assist kids to make the right choices to improve
The brothers have reported that weather has been "outstanding" since
landing in the U.K. after travelling through North America and encountering a
consistent series of treacherous weather conditions.
Unfortunately, the two brothers have experienced challenges with their
Russian visas. Due to earlier than expected expiry dates for these documents,
the tour riders have been forced to cut their final European leg and their
planned travel through the nation of Kazakhstan. Instead, the riders will
journey from Poland to the Ukraine and on to Russia and then Mongolia, as they
continue their quest to circle the world.
The tour officially kicked off in Calgary on May 10, 2008. Upon reaching
Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 22, the two brothers boarded a flight with their
bikes and crossed the Atlantic to start the European leg of their journey
around the globe.
When not on their motorcycles, the brothers will be interacting with
local youth and recording their experiences, along with status updates, which
can be viewed on the Here to Here Tour website: www.heretohere.com.
About Street Kids International: Street Kids International strives to
provide street kids around the world with the choices, skills, and
opportunities to make better lives for themselves. For the past 20 years, the
organization has partnered with youth workers to develop locally relevant,
innovative workshops, using award-winning animations that engage kids about
sexual health, drug use, and youth entrepreneurship. Having worked with more
than 2 million street kids in more than 60 countries, Street Kids
International has been recognized by the United Nations as a Global Best
Practice leader in youth work.
Complete information about Street Kids International can be found at
Attention Promotion Directors, Editors, and On-Air Hosts: Interviews with
riders C.J. and Dylan Wilkins and ongoing coverage of the Here to Here World
Tour are available.
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For further information: Jonathan Barnes, Here to Here World Tour
Publicist, WILLIAM JOSEPH, (403) 770-4900 ext. 27, firstname.lastname@example.org