Triathlon to Raise Funds for Sustainable Agriculture Project in India
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – A team of South Coast volunteers will hold Triathlon Spectrum Style Aug. 23 to support a sustainable agriculture project in India. The benefit will held be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Spectrum gym, 6144 Calle Real, Goleta.
Each stage of the triathlon will be 30 minutes. Events led by certified instructors will include spinning on stationary bikes, a Body Pump weight-training workout and hot yoga. Spectrum gym membership and previous experience not required. Participants will be eligible for prizes throughout the event.
The suggested donation is $25 with prior registration at the gym and $30 at the door on Aug. 23.
Funds raised will help the volunteer team spend two weeks in the Udaipur district in central India. The team will work with community members, subsistence farmers and their families constructing small sub-surface dams, water barriers and land partitions to reclaim monsoon rainwater for crops. The goal is sustainable agriculture to decrease hunger and poverty.
Although India is emerging as an economic power with a growing middle class, the majority of its citizens struggle with endemic poverty. Large numbers of India’s poorest people live in the country’s semi-arid regions where deforestation, poor land management, water shortages and the harsh climate create survival challenges.
The water project is sponsored by Developing World Connections (DWC), a Canadian nonprofit organization that connects volunteers to community restoration and sustainability programs in some of the world’s most impoverished areas.
DWC’s U.S. partner for the India project is LifeChronicles, a Santa Barbara nonprofit organization that films interviews with elderly people and chronically ill loved ones. LifeChronicles’ contributions include plans for a video pen-pal project and providing a vehicle for tax-deductible donations.