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Ja sam Amerikanac, ja volim Srbiju!!!!! I am an American that is living and volunteering in Serbia! I assist 8 schools and help raise donated material for the baseball programs in Serbia. I also pulled together 78 sets of American football helmets and pads that are on their way over to Serbia. They will be divided between Vrbas, Klek, Sremska Mitrovica and Sombor. I also was able to gather$15,000 dollars worth of fire helmets, boots, jackets, etc for the Nis volunteer fire squad. I make videos and write a blog supporting Serbia and trying to show the world the truth about this beautiful country!!!! I have big plans for May 2013! I will be starting a bicycle trip from Subotica to Kosovo!! It will take 3 weeks and spans over 500km! I will be taking a film crew with me to record the entire adventure. We will be stopping in every town along the journey and will be making an episode showing the beauty, history, food, and speaking to the friendly locals! Please help me make this happen!!!! THANK YOU!!! HVALA PUNO!!!!
I have dreamed of many wild adventures in my days! I once dreamed of floating down the entire Amazon in a canoe, climbing Mt Everest but when I awoke from sleep back in January of 2012 I knew I wasn't going to let this one get away! I dreamed of a bicycle trip that would take me from North Serbia to South Serbia. It is over 500km and I am not exactly a long distance bike rider!!! ;) I love a challenge and this will allow me to see the entire West side of Serbia and see how the people compare to North Serbia where I currently reside. I will be bringing a crew of 4 with me. The cameraman, sound guy and still photograph guy will be in the car and one other Serbian will be riding a bicycle with me! We will be filming EVERYTHING!!! Check out my route below! We will be shooting a 15 to 20 minute episode in each of the towns listed... there may be more! We will be showing the historic sites, touristic sites, talking to a local family, interviewing a local artist, musician, interesting person, going to one of the best restaurants and best pub, kafana or night club in town! It will make a great series and allow you to see why I fell in love with Serbia and its people! Help make this a reality!
My detailed trip....
My web series will start in my hometown of Greenup, IL USA. This is where I was born and went to school. It is a historic little town with many unique and wonderful sites to see! I will interview some locals, classmates, show the touristic sites, local sports, talk to my mom and dad.. if they let me! ;) This community went out of their way to assist the local Zrenjanin baseball team. I wrote a letter to the newspaper about the kids lack of good equipment and money to buy new and they published it. The Greenup and surrounding communities BLEW ME AWAY with their support. I had friends, family, businesses and schools donate used equipment for the baseball team! They pulled together so much and made me so proud!! I want to talk to the ones that made it happen!! Then it is off to Charleston, IL... This is where I spent most of my time partying, working etc... great community and also helped in collection of baseball donations for Serbia! It is also home of Eastern Illinois University. That is the alma mater of Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo. Then It is off to Chicago. Chicago is home to 600,000 Serbs. The 2nd largest city in the world for Serbians after Belgrade! I will be speaking with some Serbians on their thoughts about the USA , talking to local Serbian business owners, seeing how they live and if they have kept their Serbian traditions! After that it is back to Serbia! I will make one long episode in Belgrade and Novi Sad and one long one in my "new hometown" of Zrenjanin. Then its time for my bike trip!!!!! I have scheduled this to take 3 weeks... See my picture for the route and cities.. I have a few more surprises..
I will be stopping in more of the smaller villages along the way to make some episodes too! We might hop of the path and cruise to a few more larger towns on the way! If I get enough funding we will come back on the East side and go through all the beautiful cities along that route!!! I promise to do it soon!!
Who am I?
My name is Charles A Cather. I am 35 years old, born in Greenup, IL USA. I worked for years in different management positions... from a cabinet making company for 9 years, warehouse manager, insurance sales, commodity trader, radio dj and finally to auto sales, working as internet sales manager for 4 different American car dealerships.Travel has always been a passion of mine! I remember as a young child I would always go to the library to check out books on far off places. Robert Pelton is the author of "World's Most Dangerous Places" He gave me my inspiration and courage to ignore the media and see "with your own eyes".. I am a very proud American and proud to be from the small towns of Central Illinois! Serbia is one of the many countries I have visited but is the one that is dearest to my heart! There is a HUGE similarity between Serbs and the residents of my little Midwestern town!
Prior to seeing Serbia and Serbians with my own eyes... I had many negative images about their country and people from the years of media, political and Hollywood propaganda. A Google search or Youtube search of Serbia brings up many negative things. I feel the world should see the REAL Serbia that you won't see in the movies or tv.
* The international media has destroyed the good name of the Serbian people for decades!
* 10 plus Hollywood movies that show a Serb bias and numerous tv shows.
* You never see the beauty of Serbia, great food, excellent beverages, unique culture, beautiful women, athletic and some of the most hospitable and generous people I have ever encountered.
* The Serbs deserve it!! They have suffered in many ways through the years.. the breakup of Yugoslavia, high inflation, 70 day bombing mission in 1999, and having their name drug through the mud for years!
I know many of you are saying why are you doing this? Do you have what it takes? The answer is YES! I have always been a lover of foreign travel and traveled to many countries around the world including.. Costa Rica, Mexico, Australia twice, New Zealand twice, France, Romania, Canada, Guatemala, Belguim etc... Serbia has been my favorite! The unique culture and people are what really make it great! Never have I been treated with so much warmth and acceptance! I have become a bit of a celebrity in the Serbian media. I have been featured in all of the national newspapers and tv stations. Here is a list of achievements and reasons I feel I am ready for this challenge:
* 5000 Facebook friends! That is the maximum and they are from Serb communities all over the world, and people from every point of the globe!
*3,200 Facebook followers!
*average 13,000 views a month on my Serbia blog
* 700,000 views on my Serbia videos
* Facebook fan page created by my friends with 1000+ fans
* Voted # 2 Gentleman of the week on Prva Zene
* Prva Exploziv featured me in two episodes
* RTS or Serbian National Tv invited me to Belgrade and has had me on the air on two occasions.
* Santos Tv in Zrenjanin shot a 12 minute interview about my involvement in baseball and short interview when I first arrived
* RTV interviewed me twice for their newscast
* KTV in Zrenjanin had me on the air.
* 24 Sata is a free National paper and I was featured on the cover twice
* Kurir is another National paper that featured me on the cover
* Blic is another National paper that featured me
* Politika featured an interview with me
* Danas featured an interview with me
* Zrenjanin List featured my story
* Toledo Democrat in Toledo, IL featured my story
* Greenup Press in Greenup, IL featured my story
* Charleston Times Courier and Journal Gazette featured my story
WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR DONATION!!!!!!
$2- THANKS!!!! You will be listed in my blog!!
$5- THANKS!!!!! You will be mentioned in a youtube video!
$10- WOW!! Thanks!!! You will be listed in film credits as friend of Serbia
$20- GREAT!! Post card from one of the cities I pass through! and all of the above!!
$30- EXCELLENT!! 1st access to the episodes...all of the above
$50- YOU ARE THE BEST- Access to online pictures.. take as many as you like! all above
$75- TREMENDOUS!! Your name on our tshirt as a "friend of Serbia!" all above
$100- EXCEPTIONAL- Skype phone call from me and all above...
$150-UNREAL- T-Shirt and all of the above.....
$250- YEAHH!!!! You are a sponsor and will be listed in credits of dvd, Your name on the front of the tshirt and mentioned in my newspaper publications in Illinois and Serbian communities around the world
$500- WHATEVER YOU WANT!!! I will make a personal video about you, from a town of your choice... within reason!!!! You are a great person!!!
Any amount not listed will be greatly appreciated!!! THIS IS FOR THE SERBIAN PEOPLE!!!! Lets show the world how great they are!!!!
THANK YOU!!! If you have any detailed questions or comments ... email me at firstname.lastname@example.org