California Retiree Kicks Off 17,000-Mile Ride for Children International

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 29, 2024) – A newly retired Silicon Valley account manager will hop on his motorcycle today and embark upon a 17,000-mile trek to ignite awareness and support for Children International, the global nonprofit he has championed for more than three decades.  


Will Pizzolato, 67, of Sunnyvale, California, will make a solo journey around the circumference of the United States over the next four months, dipping into parts of Mexico and Canada along the route. Pizzolato’s “Ride for Children International” is the latest demonstration of unwavering support for his favorite charity and for the organization’s mission of ending poverty for good. 


Over the past three decades, Pizzolato has helped uplift the lives of nine children and youth in Latin America who strive to break the chains of generational poverty. His personal encounters in Guatemala and Mexico have shown him firsthand the transformative power his charitable contributions continue to make on the lives of children, families and entire communities. 


“As a longtime sponsor, I’ve witnessed the tremendous impact of Children International’s efforts in helping children and youth get the health care, education, life skills, job-readiness training and confidence they need to create lasting change in their lives and communities,” Pizzolato said. “Now that I’ve had the good fortune to retire, I’d like to continue to support those in need and am reaching out to friends to see if they’ll help support me.” 


With his newly established fundraising webpage, Pizzolato, who is freshly retired from the semiconductor industry, is asking for supporters to pledge $5, $10 or more — any amount they’re comfortable with  — for every 1,000 miles that he covers on his ride, with 100% of the proceeds going to Children International. 


“Some of us have the opportunity to share our good fortune with others who are less fortunate,” Pizzolato said. “As the grandson of immigrants who grew up poor, it hurts my heart to see children and families living in poverty for no other reason but the place and circumstances into which they were born. When people rally behind the idea of making children’s lives better, even in small ways such as contributing to a charity ride, there’s no stopping the impact we can have in changing the world and ending poverty for good.” 

Who is Children International?

Children International, based in Kansas City, Missouri, USA, is a global nonprofit that delivers child and youth development programming to break the cycle of generational poverty. Through a customized approach, Children International serves young people in Colombia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, India, Guatemala, Mexico, the Philippines, Zambia and the United States for the first two decades of their lives. The organization provides access to health care, education, positive role models, and the life and job skills they need to become gainfully employed. When equipped to improve their own lives, young people also transform their families and communities, and, as a result, multiply good in the world. For more information, visit


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