October 2015
 ­Old Guys in Action and CAUSE Canada’s

Ride across Guatemala for
Mothers and Babies
$45,000 Raised. Thank you!

The Need:
33% of indigenous women in the mountainous highlands of Guatemala have no access to formal prenatal/postnatal care.
Maternal mortality is twice the national average; twice the UN Millennium Development Goal target for 2015.
Malnutrition for kids under 5 is the 6th highest in the world.
Cultural & language barriers contribute to poor utilization of government health clinics. Clinics that do exist in these remote areas are crumbling, under-staffed and poorly equipped.
For more info, click on this news clip on Guatemala from BBC News.

The Response:
CAUSE Canada, with over 30 years of experience in Guatemala, has been entrusted by the Canadian Government to manage a $4.4 million, 4½ year program that will directly benefit 68,000 mothers and babies and indirectly benefit another 160,000 men, women and children. The program will:
1.Renovate, equip and staff 57 Maternal Newborn Child Health (MNCH) centres by 2020.
2.Institute health training programs through local women’s MNCH committees.
3.Provide pre and post-natal counselling.

Our/Your Part:
CAUSE Canada must raise $675,000 as part of this Canadian Government grant program and has asked for help from Old Guys in Action to raise $40,000 of that total through their Ride Across Guatemala for Mothers and Babies. 
Here’s the plan:
This October four Old Guys (Bernie, Ross, Andrew and Jeff) will cycle 300 km through the mountains of Guatemala, climbing over 30,000 feet (equivalent to scaling Mt. Everest) at altitudes as high as 12,000 feet.
The ride will raise awareness and funds towards CAUSE Canada’s MNCH program obligation.
*Old Guys will pay 100% of their own costs, so all funds raised will go to CAUSE Canada.
*Donations are matched 6.5 times by the Canadian Government and are fully tax deductible.

Please help Old Guys in Action and CAUSE Canada make a difference. Give now! Here's how to do it - click on this link and see the following instructions.

You can also give cash, or a cheque payable to CAUSE Canada, to one of the Old Guys. Or mail a cheque to: 
CAUSE CanadaPO Box 8100, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2T8.

Don’t forget to reference Old Guys Guatemala on the cheque.

_________________May 2011__________________
 ­Old Guys in Action and CAUSE Canada’s
Le Tour de Sierra Leone
A Bicycle Expedition to Save Lives of Mothers and Newborns in Sierra Leone

Thank-you for supporting Jon, Ross and Bernie on CAUSE Canada's May 2011 Tour de Sierra Leone. Your generosity helped us to raise over $50,000, all of which is being applied to build and equip birthing huts in this West African nation.

Ø 20% of the world’s population exists on less than $1.25/ day.
Ø Women in poverty have dramatically higher risk of dying giving birth.
Ø ­A woman’s chances of dying from complications in childbirth:
Canada: 1 in 11,000
Sierra Leone: 1 in 8
What: This bicycle expedition was organized by CAUSE Canada, an Alberta based charity with over 26 years experience in poverty reduction initiatives and public health education in West Africa and Central America. Participants committed to cover all their expenses and raise at least $10,000 each to support CAUSE Canada’s Sierra Leone Maternal Child Health Care Initiative.  Your support helped the three of us raise over $50,000! Learn more. Check out these interesting and informative links:
·         “More About CAUSE Canada”
Where: Participating riders cycled over 500 kilometres of dirt roads and jungle single-track, crossing the West African country of Sierra Leone.
When: May 2011
Why: All proceeds used for construction & equipping safe birthing huts.

(Please specify “The Old Guys Team” in your donation)

CAUSE Canada is a registered charity that supports self-help projects in West Africa and Central America. All donations are tax deductible. CC’s fundraising and administrative costs, combined are less than 10%. For more information call CAUSE Canada at 403-678-3332 or visit