ME to WE Ski-a-thon: Help raise children from poverty, win Daron Rahlves ski session |

ME to WE Ski-a-thon: Help raise children from poverty, win Daron Rahlves ski session

Submitted to aedgett@sierrasun.comBen Stone will raise funds for Free the Children with the April 16 ME to WE Ski-a-thon at Sugar Bowl Resort.

DONNER SUMMIT and#8212; Sugar Bowl Academyand#8217;s student-athlete Ben Stone has seen plenty of poverty.-

He spent two summers in Africa building a school in the Masai Mara, and has assisted on similar projects on the ground in Mexico.

These are the kind of life-changing events that put the privilege of attending a college preparatory ski academy in perspective, and gave Stone a desire to do more than put hammer to nails.-

At SBAand#8217;s All School Meeting, Stone asked other students and parents to get involved in an effort to help lift children like those he has worked with in Kenya from poverty.-

Proceeds from the ME to WE Ski-a-thon, April 16 at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort will help fund the work of Free the Children, whose primary goal is to free children in Africa from a pervasive sense of powerlessness arising from their state of poverty and exploitation.

and#8220;Initially I went to Kenya in 2009 with my mother as a Youth Leader and co-Champion of a program with Young President’s Organization,and#8221; said Stone.-

and#8220;We worked on the program with Free the Children and#8212; an amazing organization started by Craig Kielberger at the age of 13. It is the largest organization of kids helping kids in the world.

and#8220;I was excited and curious, but I really didnand#8217;t know what to expect. Honestly, I was overwhelmed by the immense poverty in Kenya, but at the same time inspired by the tremendous joy and hope of the Masai people.-

and#8220;The children and the community were so grateful for our assistance.and#8221;

The event dovetails with Stoneand#8217;s-Senior Project (, an intensive, year-long effort which entails the publication of a carefully researched and edited paper as well as the development of a related product.-

Stoneand#8217;s fund-raising site, has raised $735 so far. In perspective, according to Stone, $25 buys one school kit and $500 can buy six months worth of lunches for an entire school.-

Those who would rather raise money for the cause themselves rather than donating can create their own fund-raising page by hitting the and#8220;raise moneyand#8221; button at

Participants do not have to attend the Ski-a-thon, but the person who raises the most money (other than Stone) will win a two-hour ski session with Daron Rahlves, who has volunteered his time. The winner can redeem the ticket next ski season, and can elect to free ski or ski gates.-

Additional prizes will be drawn the day of the Ski-a-thon, and anybody who is interested in donating more prizes should contact Stone at

The bottom line for me is that is just plain feels good to help other people,and#8221; said Stone. and#8220;I hope that the parents, students, and community will support, come out and have-fun in the ME to WE Ski-a-thon.and#8221;

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