If you have registered to participate in POCHO, please donate 50 USD or 25.000 Col to one of the accounts below. Please send a copy of the confirmation receipt of your transaction or deposit to email@example.com to formally confirm your participation and mention your name, amount paid and team (if any) before 23 February 2013.
If you’d like to make a donation to POCHO and you are NOT participating in the event, every amount is very welcome to help us achieve our goal and your contribution can be transferred or deposited to either one of the bank accounts mentioned below, thank you!
From Costa Rica:
Account # 001-0000104-0 Maratónica Hospital Dr. Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia, Banco de Costa Rica (BCR)
Account (Cuenta Cliente) for transfers is: 15201001000010403 ID (cédula jurídica) of FUNDACÁNCER: 3-006-187122
Dollars: Account # 100-02-000-613308-6 Banco Nacional de Costa Rica (BNCR) Account (Cuenta Cliente) for transfers is: 15100010026133080 ID (cédula jurídica) of FUNDACÁNCER: 3-006-187122
All registrationsand donationsshould STATEthat thedeposit is forPOCHO
ID (cédula jurídica) PO-CHO Sports Association: 3-002-649121.
The rate of cancer in Costa Rica is crushing, and in general, people are unaware of that fact or, in the worst of cases, they don´t care about it. Since the average Costa Rican believes that cancer is inevitable and that there is nothing to be done to avoid or eliminate it, they accept cancer like they accept the rains of October.
But, this mindset must be changed, Costa Ricans must knowthe causes of cancerandshould strive tochange thereality of the country. The average "tico" worries about cancer until he/she is a victim, either directly or indirectly. This is a thought that deservesto be changedandmake the fight against cancer inananti-conformism standard.
When you participate in POCHO, please have a good look at the information below in order to prepare yourself properly for the event:Participants Meeting, 22 February
On Friday 22 February, the day before POCHO, the POCHO technical committee is organizing a last meeting to inform participants in more detail about POCHO. This meeting will start a 12 noon and besides more information on the event the next day, cyclists can pick up their participant number here. If you didn’t register via our website or didn’t pay your participation fee yet, you can still do this during this meeting.
We meet at Hotel Rincón de San José. Address: San José, Barrio Otoya, the corner of 9th Avenue and 15th Street, from Hospital Calderón Guardia ER, 100 meters West y 125 meters South, right in front of Café Mundo. Phone: (506) 2221 9702
POCHO! 23 February
Transport to and from Poasito
From Hotel Rincon de San Jose buses will leave at 4.30 am to the start in Poasito. Participants can travel with these buses free of charge. When POCHO ends, the buses will drive back to Hotel Rincon de San Jose.
Participant checkPlease note that each cyclist must be checked by the judges 30 minutes before the start of POCHO in the designated location near restaurant Fredo Fresas in Poasito. The official POCHO START will be in front of the Cámara de Comercio de Poasito at 7:00 am, for every cyclist.Maximum Challenge:
Please note that if you intend to perform the maximum number of 8ascents, you have to do this within the timeframe of the event. After 3 pm cyclists are not allowed to go up the Poas Volcano anymore for another round.
Parking in Poasito / National Park Poas
In order not to obstruct the road before the start of the event, participants will stay in the street marked by the organization, which is located between Fredo Fresas Restaurant and the Poas Chamber of Commerce (Cámara de Comercio de Poás).
As for the escort vehicles, they should head directly to the parking designated for this purpose, which is located inside of the Poas Volcano National Park.
Why was Pocho created?
Our association was created because the Dutch Foundation Inspire2Live had a particular interest in our country, which lies in the disposition of the Costa Rican to support each other, give others a helping hand whenever needed, to join each other at all times. The existence of both Inspire2Live as Pocho is given the same purpose: to provide a better quality of life for patients with cancer.
What is Pocho?
Pocho is a sports association that was born in the heart of a group of Costa Ricans and Dutch who have the desire to fight for cancer patients in the country. It is a group of volunteers decided to help those who have to travel to the Calderon Guardia, Mexico and San Juan de Dios hospitales to receive their treatments.
The main goal of Pocho is to build a shelter for all those persons suffering of cancer that reside outside the Greater Metropolitan Area and need a place to stay and in optimal conditions to receive their treatments and thus help their families from the economic perspective on to the psychological one.
How are we going to achieve our goal?
Pocho will meet its goal by organizing and making possible a cycling activity in Poás Volcano National Park every year, which consists on going up to the top of the Volcano and descending it 8 times in one day.
But ... Why a sporting event?. Because we want to demonstrate that as cancer patients fight every day for their lives and for restoring the vitality of their bodies, we also strive physically to achieve a dream.
What is our inspiration?
Pocho is inspired by all those who want to fight, who want to defy the odds, overcome difficulties and improve their quality of life. Pocho wants you to Never give up!
Pocho wants patients, families, participants, sponsors and national and international volunteers fighting for the same goal: to challenge their limits to achieve the constuction of a place that will serve as a shelter for cancer patients.
Welcome to the new Pocho website!!!
We have come a long way, but we`re not there yet.
We are working on:
1. translations to English
2. managing Pocho participant subscriptions
3. some small stuff (link to twitter, flickr etc)
We are all working on this voluntarily, so any help is most welcome. Thank you very much and see you in February!!
Jason Acuña (developer)
Rob de Bruijn
Carolina Vega Alvarez