Tired of the machinations of the financial sector? Get on a bike. That's what Sergey Rudyak did this past June. Disenchanted with the wheels of bureaucracy, but still filled with the desire to improve the world, Rudyak set out on a U.S. transcontinental bike ride. Along the way, he put his financial expertise behind fundraising for the Ikirwa School Project.
Reaching Seattle, he once again applied those skills toward raising funds for the school in Tanzania. Just 40 miles from Mt. Kilamanjaro, the Ikirwa School, explained CEO, Maria (Masha) Skuratovskaya, is 100% grassroots. Because goals for young people in Tanzanian villages are very limited, Skuratovskaya pointed out that the Ikirwa mission is to broaden the world of the village children. Using the school’s slogan, "What You Imagine You Become,” Skuratovskaya clarified the school’s the mission, "Aspiring to give children the best start in life.” Though only recently begun in 2011 with 40 students, Skuratovskaya said that Ikirwa is quickly out-growing their facilities.
With the recognition that it does take a “village to raise a child,” a dedicated group of individuals brought a vision to fruition. Last week, friends, fans, supporters, bicyclists and beer lovers hefted their Peddler pints, $1 each of which went to support the Ikirwa School Project. Hosted by Peddler Brewing Company, owners David Keller and Haley Woods and their customers welcomed Sergey and Masha contributing and drinking to their mission.