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"Chicago couple Ernie Halvorsen and Cindy Chiang hustled their way around the globe, and they now have $1 million to show for it," Tribune News Services reported last week. (We're just catching up.)

"Chiang said the couple wants to use the prize money to help the less fortunate and contribute 'to the global economy.'"

Okay, then!

"Halvorsen and Chiang crossed the finish line at Swan House in Atlanta, Georgia, the end of a challenging obstacle course in which they had to land a jetliner in a flight simulator; locate the house of Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell; and connect the dots of their 40,000-mile journey on a map above Turner Field," Radar reported.

Chiang is from the Cleveland suburb of Beachwood, according to Cincinnati.com.

"Chiang is a a 2004 graduate of the [University of Cincinnati] College of Engineering (now the College of Engineering & Applied Science) with a BA in biomedical engineering," John Kiesewetter writes there. "She started her career after UC at Procter & Gamble, in Consumer and Market Knowledge on the Bounty Paper Towels brand. She's now a senior associate brand manager at Kraft Foods in Chicago."

Chiang told The Deadbolt that "we went on the race with the intention of starting our own company at the end of it. We wanted to test our professional relationship as well as our personal relationship through the show. But our whole intention was to do something that matters.

Said Halvorsen: "One of the big things that we noticed throughout the race, and through our own travels - we travel quite extensively on our own - was a need for education in a lot of these emerging markets.

"You look around and they don't have a lot of things sometimes. They don't have running water or they won't have roads, or they need a roof over their head. One of the things that we definitely felt that we could help contribute to was if they had the means to get the school but couldn't get the funding to actually do it, we could develop a scholarship type situation where we would fund children in emerging markets go to school but can't because they don't have the funding.

"But we also want to combine that with our passion for doing competitive races, too. There's a need we also see in the U.S. with children who could have a little more education toward fitness and nutrition. Combining these things is our ultimate goal."

See also: ernie-cindy.com.


Comments welcome.


Posted on December 20, 2011

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