The Para Los Ninos -- Ride For the Orphans -- Begins Oct 27, 2000
10 October 2000
FEATURE/The Para Los Ninos -- Ride For the Orphans -- Begins October 27, 2000; High Technology, a Harley and a Mid-life Crisis Help Raise Thousands For OrphansLOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE FEATURES)--Oct. 10, 2000--Businessman Lloyd Sutton, president of Redondo Systems Inc., will ride his motorcycle from Los Angeles, California to Panama City, Panama to raise money for the orphans of Mexico and Central America.
The Para Los Ninos -- Ride for the Orphans, is a 4000 mile, self-funded, solo trip that Sutton will take on his 1996 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide starting Oct. 27, 2000. Through the use of a Toshiba Portege lap top computer, a Mitsubishi satellite phone and a Nikon Digital Camera, daily postings of diary journal entries and photographs will allow interested parties and financial supporters to monitor Sutton's month-long journey via the Web, at www.paralosninos.ws.
"I decided I needed to do something more fulfilling than the standard mid-life crisis junket," stated Sutton. "Reaching out to those less fortunate than myself seemed like the right thing to do and I'm able to combine it with the things that mean a lot to me: children, my Harley and traveling."
100 percent of the donations raised for this long distance motorcycle adventure will be distributed to orphanages throughout Mexico and Central America via the Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation Inc. of Scottsdale, Ariz. At the conclusion of the trip, Sutton will auction off his Harley, with the proceeds going to these same orphanages.
"We were really excited when Lloyd approached us about helping him distribute funds to various orphanages throughout Mexico and Central America," stated Gil Gillenwater, co-founder of the Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation. "His efforts fit in perfectly with our own organization's goal to address poverty on both sides of the U.S. and Mexico border."
The Rancho Feliz Charitable Foundation Inc., formed in 1987, is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization that focuses on alleviating physical poverty south of the border and poverty of the spirit north of the border. Its sponsorships include orphanages, old folks homes, soup kitchens and building homes for displaced families in the border town of Aqua Prieta, Mexico as well as the "Return to Reality" exchange dormitory program where American youth groups volunteer service to the less fortunate. See its Web site www.ranchofeliz.org for more information.
"Since we are 100 percent volunteer and pay no office rent, no administrative salaries and no legal fees of any kind, we are able to dedicate 100 percent of the monies raised to the people in the greatest need," continued Gillenwater.