Protection for What’s Next — Doug Pitt
Have you heard of the second most famous Pitt? Well, the man known as Brad’s brother is also making a name for himself. Let us introduce you to Doug Pitt.
First and foremost Doug is a family man, but he is also a hardcore philanthropist. He is a successful businessman from Springfield, Missouri who has a soft spot in his heart for helping children. He spends much of his time in Africa raising awareness and funds for clean water projects. In the spring of 2010, he was named the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Republic of Tanzania by President Jakaya Kikwete. With this induction Doug became the first Goodwill Ambassador in Tanzania.
He’s also done great work for kids back home by founding Care To Learn with the mission of funding child health, hunger and hygiene needs. Since its inception, Care To Learn has expanded to 12 school districts and funded over 125,000 requests for children in the Ozarks.
Doug devotes a lot of effort to raising money for clean water projects. In January of 2011, Doug led a climb up Mount Kilimanjaro becoming the first American on record to descend the mammoth mountain on a bike.
We got involved with Doug when we found out about his participation in the Leadville 100, a 100 mile mountain bike event in the Colorado mountains. On August 11 Doug’s got a twelve-hour window to finish this grueling race. His completion of the race will raise $100,000 for clean water projects through WorldServe International.
On top of all that, Doug will host a one-time mountain bike event on Mount Kilimanjaro. This event will take place in 2013 and will bring clean water to more than 200,000 Tanzanians who suffer from water borne illnesses daily.
We had a chance to take some time out of Doug’s schedule and ask him a few questions about his life and passions. This is what he had to say:
Q: Tell me about the Leadville 100
The Leadville 100 is one of the toughest bike races in the world. It’s a 104-mile race that starts at 9,500 ft. and ends at 12,500 ft. There is a two-mile section of almost vertical climbing. The entire event should take about 12 hours.
Q: How did you decide to get involved with the event?
I have a group of friends in Boulder who are big mountain bikers and they have done the race a few times. I’ve participated in several clean water project fundraisers and this just turned into one of them. I didn’t realize what I was biting off … this project’s become sort of a part-time job.
Q: Why did you choose to support this clean water project in Africa?
I’m actually a WorldServe International board member. I had worked on humanitarian aid projects in Europe, Tanzania and Kenya and after my first trip I was hooked. I found that clean water projects are a tangible result that makes an incredible difference. I have seen some serious devastation from bad water. There are thousands of people needlessly suffering from water-borne illness every day. To put it bluntly, it’s a painful and disturbing way to go and something needs to be done. I have seen lives completely changed from these types of projects and that is why I stay involved.
Q: How long have you been working on this project?
I’ve been involved with WorldServe for six years. I’d worked with food based projects in the past, but have concentrated my efforts on the clean water projects.
Q: What is your source of motivation while participating in events like this?
To be honest the main goal here is fundraising. I’m using my time and influence as a way to raise a large amount of money. I’m in the best shape of my life at 45 so this race just makes sense.
Q: How did you know that you wanted to give back to children?
There are things in this world that choose you. There is just something that grabs me about kids, maybe it’s that they are more vulnerable, but helping children is what my heart leads me to do.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
Any time I have free time I’m on a bike. I love it. I’ve been road biking for two years and mountain biking seriously since January. I also enjoy golfing. I grew up as a competitive golfer and recently got back into it recreationally.
Q: You’re a family man. Is your family involved in any of your philanthropic activities?
Most of the fundraising falls solely on me but they have been on some trips with me.[i3]
Q: What do you have to say to the folks out there who are looking to give back?
Do something. Don’t force it. Find something that you’re passionate about. These opportunities choose you. Find a fit so that you’re enjoying the help that you’re providing.
Q: Any last thoughts?
I always try to take care of those that take care of me so I have to give thanks to my corporate partners. I couldn’t do all of this without the business community.
If you’d like more info about Doug and his adventures, make sure to stop by Dougpitt.org. And, if you happen to be at the Leadville 100, come see us at the OtterBox booth to make a donation that will help Doug’s efforts. $20.00 is all it takes to provide clean water for one person for a lifetime.