HIKING FOR DANISH AMERICA - FUNDRAISER FOR ALL ORGANIZATIONS
Hiking the Colorado Trail was always something I had in the back of my mind, but I really never thought I would have the time or opportunity to attempt it. Then, the COVID pandemic arrived. My summer trip to Denmark was canceled, and, to paraphrase John Muir, the mountains started calling, so I went!
Prior to beginning the hike, we (the NFDA) decided to make it a fundraiser for Danish America. I knew this would add some pressure for me. As the response to our call and participation in the fundraiser climbed, I felt a huge obligation to complete the 500-mile hike. Failure was not an option! Honestly, it really worried me. Not many 60+ year-olds do this! About one-third way through the hike, my knees and my left ankle were killing me. It was raining every night, and the mornings were a wet mess of swatting mosquitos and packing away drenched gear. In my mind I was composing the reasons why I had to give it up. Then miraculously my knee and ankle pain went away, and the skies cleared up. It was truly an answer to my prayers. I began to believe I could do this. I would just take it a day at a time, and not dwell on the hundreds of miles remaining. Days and miles passed, and the end seemed in reach. When I reached Creede and read so many messages of encouragement on social media, it truly lifted my spirits, and I thank all of you for that! I felt stronger, and each day I enjoyed the majesty of the mountain scenery, and the days became so much more fun. The last 2 weeks of the hike were truly a joy, as I passed through the San Juan mountain range in reach of the finish. Tears welled up in my eyes as I approached the finish to see my “base camp support team” waiting for me beyond an arch of Danish and American flags. There stood my cousin Reed Bro, his wife Jamie, champagne in hand to celebrate!
Beyond being a personal accomplishment, I am most pleased that, together with your help and commitment, we were able to support Danish American organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for your generosity and enthusiasm in getting behind this fundraising effort. Thank you for all your pledges and encouragement! My NFDA colleagues - Linda Steffensen, Katrine Vange, and Karin Wasler, and I are truly grateful for your support, and we look forward to many more future projects to support Danish America! Tusind tak! - Bruce
This summer, let’s raise funds for our Danish American organizations! Sponsor Danish America’s “Hiking Viking”, NFDA’s president, Bruce Bro, as he traverses the 500-mile Colorado Trail.
In the National Foundation for Danish America’s weekly emails, you’ve seen the widespread cancelling of every major event in our Danish American world. It’s clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on organizations across the country. Across Danish America donations are down. The NFDA is here to help the “down” go “up”.
Enter the “Hiking Viking”! Starting June 29th, Bruce Bro will traverse the 500-mile Colorado Trail for six-to-eight weeks from Waterton Canyon, southwest of Denver, to Durango. He will navigate to 13,271 feet above sea level and keep above 10,000 feet for most of the trail.
You can help Danish America as Bruce clocks miles . Here’s how:
What the NFDA will do:
How we’ll make it fun and inclusive:
Oh -- if you’re skeptical about Bruce’s ability, don’t be. He can do it – he’s hiked the Grand Canyon, rim-to-rim, reached Mt. Everest’s Base camp in the Himalayas, summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, and climbed the highest peaks in the U.S.!
Please join us to raise funds for Danish America! Let us know that you’re interested in being a part of Project “Hiking Viking”.
The NFDA Board
Karin Schoen Wasler, Linda Steffensen, Katrine Vange, Bruce Bro
Submit Your Pledge Here
NFDA Facebook Page
Benevolent Mountaineer Hikes For Danish America - by Barb Ceruti
(To add your Danish American non-profit club or organization, please email us at info@DanishAmerica.org )
Well over $20,000 in Pledges so far!!!
Tusind Tak to these individuals and families who have pledged to support Danish America!
Danish Sisterhood of America for the Museum Archival Project
National Foundation for Danish America
Museum of Danish America - Elk Horn, Iowa
Danish Windmill - Elk Horn, Iowa
Danish American Archive & Library - Blair, NE
DSS Ellen Lodge #21, Denver CO
Den Danske Klub '88 - Colorado
Denver Danes - Colorado
Danish Sisterhood of America
Frank and Edith Christensen
Northwest Danish Association - Seattle, WA
Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Audubon IA
Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Audubon IA
Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kimballton IA
American-Scandinavian Foundation - New York
Den Danske Pioneer
Rebild Natl Park Society
Danish Lutheran Church - Yorba Linda, CA
Christine Lundsberg Geiger
Elizabeth, Linda and Elsa Steffensen
Danish American Heritage Society (DAHS)
Elsa, Linda and Elizabeth Steffensen
Linda, Elsa and Elizabeth Steffensen
Danish Home Foundation of Chicago
Danish Home of Chicago
Kent and Connie Hanson
Anne Grethe Nielsen
Danish Lutheran Church, Yorba Linda
Danish Lutheran Church, LosAngeles
Some of Bruce's past hiking adventures...
2008 - Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. (Photo at right - he claimed the mountain for Denmark!)
2013 - Mt Everest Base Camp, Nepal
2013 - Mt Whitney, highest peak in lower 48 states
2016 - Grand Canyon Arizona Rim-to-Rim
Over many years - 20 of Colorado's highest peaks "The 14ers"
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