Kathryn Bertine has been very busy since her visit here with us over christmas, after joining us on one of the sunday rides and witnessing the number of youths getting involved she took it upon herself to try and help. Writing to her freinds and members of the US cycling community kathyn asked for second hand gear to help get our youngsters kitted out right. Within 3 weeks the Cycling Federation had recieved two packages of goodies sent directly to us here on Nevis. However, kathryn was busy gathering contributions that had been sent directly to her, the following is Kathryns letter of thanks to all of the very generous good hearted US citizens who contributed to our cause. On behalf of all of us on St kitts and Nevis we thank them also.
Dear Cycling Friends,
In a sport obsessed with all things lightweight, I thought you might like to see the joy of cycling from a heavyweight perspective. Because of your generosity, the St. Kitts and Nevis Cycling Federation will be receiving...
84 lbs of Shoes and Pedals
100 lbs of Shorts, Jerseys, Vests, Arm/Leg Warmers, Socks, Gloves and Sunglasses
60 lbs of Components, Saddles and Helmets
4 wheel sets
10 wetsuits (donated by Quintana Roo/TriSports.com for the SKN triathletes)
TriSports.com has been incredibly generous to provide discounted shipping, and every cycling team in Tucson will be represented in clothing donations. I am so proud to be part of this Tucson community of athletes. Thank you so much, everyone.
I could still use help in one final area of donation. Sending 300 lbs worth of cycling goods to the Caribbean bears a price tag of $1000. (You don't want to know what that price would be without the help of TriSports international shipping!) Whether you can give $1 or $100, I'd be very grateful. (Tax receipts available). Each of the five boxes will ship upon meeting the delivery cost of roughly $200/box.
Because of you, young athletes aren't going to be riding in flip flops and torn jeans. Four more teenagers will be on bikes, not in gangs. Racers can wear proper skinsuits at their national TT championships. The SKN government will recognize their cyclists and offer more help. And, of course, Wheel World (Winston's bike shop) will have to build a new wing for all the incoming donations.
My deepest gratitude,