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A Small Grass-roots Non-profit, Announces That They Haven't Gone Away and are Still Alive with Helping the Disadvantaged Children in Ukraine
Date:3/3/2010

The UOCFP (United Orphaned Children’s Fund of Pennsylvania) a Philadelphia area-based non-profit started after an amazing bicycle trek across Europe that took place in the summer of 2000. Two ordinary but spirited people rode bicycles from Paris, France to Warsaw, Poland in an effort to raise world awareness and funds for a group in Canada that began to help these children in the mid-nineties.

(PRWEB) March 3, 2010 -- This year marks the 10th anniversary of the “Ride Across Europe 2000” endeavor. “Our goal was to ride through France, Germany, Poland and into Western Ukraine, all the way to the remote mountain village of Vorokhta, high up in the Ukrainian Carpathians, where a camp for 300 orphans was taking place. Unfortunately, we could only make it as far as Warsaw, were we were delayed, as I had to secure a visa to go into Ukraine. Time kind of ran out on us, so we had to ditch the bikes and take a 12 hour bus ride to the city of L’viv, and then a 3 hour car trip up into the mountains,” says Steve Vetterlein, one of the riders and now Executive Director of the UOCFP. You can read more about this incredible journey from the book called “Mountains of Grace” at Xlibris Publishing.

“Naturally, it was an experience no one would ever forget, and I still can remember so much about that trek, and many of the remarkable children that we met at the summer camp afterwards. One brilliant sunny day, we took 35 kids up to the top of Hoverla, the tallest peak in the Ukrainian Carpathians, even some handicap children came with us who could barely walk, but they all made it up to the top, partially because of how many of the other kids helped them out. The summer of 2000 was incredible, and never could be duplicated.”

“It’s so hard to believe, but almost 10 years have passed, but I can even remember that cold early morning s
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