~This challenge is canceled due to Covid.
We hope to see you back here in late 2021,
fingers crossed. ~
At the age of twenty-three, Jay Austin took off on his trusty scooter (Rousseau) and roamed 15,000 miles around North America, getting his first taste of freedom, two-wheeled adventure, and simple travel along the way. After summers on the trains of Europe, winters on the buses of India and Nepal, and long holidays driving around the deserts of Namibia and South Africa , Jay decided to bring his bicycle along on his next big trip, a ride through the mountains and valleys of southern Morocco and ultimately around the world. In Jay's words,
'There's magic out there, in this great big beautiful world'.
Jay's message was to live in the moment, to take advantage of every moment. Don't put off your dreams until tomorrow because tomorrow may never come.
'I could die doing what I love, but I could also die never having really lived. To me, that would have been a far greater tragedy'.
~ Jay Austin
Tragically, at the age of 29, on July 29th, 2018,
while cycling the world by bicycle,
Jay was intentionally and brutally murdered in a terrorist attack
in Tajikistan, a country in Central Asia,
simply because he was American.
The Jay Austin Simply Be Kind Foundation
Bucket List Challenge 2020
opens June 6th and runs through August 30th.
We ask you get out your bucket, dust it off,
look it over, find something doable and do it!
In return, for your good deed,
we'll provide a second bucket-list item,
be it a day trip to a salon, a night out on the town ...
an excursion of your choice, up to a $200 value.
Send us a note/a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
of your bucket list excursion.
Be sincere. This MUST be a bucket-list item.
Post your story on social media using the hashtag #TJASBKFBucketList
Kindly submit a voluntary donation at our support page to cover the prize cost.
A minimum of 40 participants donating a minimum of $5 each is required to award prize;
if minimum is not reached,
donations will be refunded and prize will not be awarded.
Notes/Photos must be received by midnight on August 30th.
To donate to this challenge, click/tap the support button.
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Mention and/or photos of Lauren, the love of Jay's life, are intentionally excluded from this site, when possible, at the request of and out of respect for the privacy of her family. To learn about Jay and Lauren's amazing journey together, visit Jay's blog, 'Simply Cycling, Traveling The World By Bicycle' @ simplycycling.org.
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'I could die doing what I love, but I could also die never having really lived. To me, that would have been a far greater tragedy.' - Jay Austin
Jay really lived .. up until the very moment he was intentionally brutally murdered in a terrorist attack while cycling the world.
Jay lost his life simply because he was an American.
May 1st, 1989 - July 29th, 2018