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Steven Amos takes a birthday dive into the world of pirates for Give Kids The World

by Susan and Simon Veness

Steven Amos has combined his love of Disney and his work at Give Kids The World before, and now, in honor of his upcoming birthday, he has created a fundraiser based on his riding Pirates of the Caribbean at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, over and over again.

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Photo courtesy of Steven Amos

Give Kids The World Village, where Steven is the Vice President of Advancement, is a non-profit resort in Kissimmee, Fla. that provides wish-fulfilling, cost-free vacations for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. Each week-long vacation costs over $6,000 to fulfill, and Orlando’s theme parks are generous with their support in helping make children’s wishes come true.

So far, the Pirates of the Caribbean challenge has raised $3,997 of Steven’s $5,000 goal. During his 2020 birthday challenge, he rode “it’s a small world” 33 times and raised more than $11,000. To top it all off, he ate two of Walt Disney World’s famous turkey legs as part of the challenge.

For each $100 raised this year, Steven will take a ride on Pirates of the Caribbean. Because the fundraiser has already reached $3,000, he will also “chug some of that sweet Beverley drink,” referring to the Coca-Cola aperitif with a distinctive flavor, offered as samples at Epcot’s Club Cool.

If the fundraiser reaches $6,000, he will eat turkey legs for the entire day. If it reaches $10,000, he’ll dress as a pirate during his marathon ride (within Walt Disney World’s costume guidelines), and if it tops out at more than $11,101 – the grand total from last year’s fundraiser – Steven will allow a person who donated to choose the face paint he’ll wear all day.  

The ride-a-thon will take place on August 6, 2022, from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. and will be the longest challenge Steven has taken on, thanks to the Magic Kingdom’s late closing time that day.

To donate and help make children’s wishes come true, visit Steven’s Facebook fundraiser page. All proceeds raised will go directly to Give Kids The World.

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