HOPE100 BIKE RIDE 2018
Yesterday, we were proud to host 50 enthusiastic cyclists who took to the Surrey Hills for our annual HOPE100 Bike Ride (previously known as London to Hayling Island.)
The 100km circular route, which started and ended at Surrey Research Park, guided them through the likes of Farnham, Blacknest, Liphook and Haslemere, and included some (well-earned!) refreshment stops in the idyllic country pubs, The Jolly Farmer and The Deer’s Hut, along the way. Despite some challenging hills left to the last leg of the route, everyone who took part did an amazing job (with one even finishing in just 3 hours!)
It is thanks to people like our HOPE100 cyclists, who are up for a challenge and want to make a difference whilst doing it, that we are able to help vulnerable children in Southern and Eastern Africa to build futures that they can see hope in. Together they have raised over £15,400 in support of our Child Headed Households Programme, which specifically reaches children who are living without the support of a parent or guardian. These children are the most vulnerable within their communities; isolated, desperate and without protection, they are likely to suffer neglect, abuse and exploitation.
Together with our local project partners in Kenya, Uganda and Malawi, we have developed an approach that helps to address the short-term and long-term needs of these children. We are working hard to create support structures and income generating opportunities for them through four key ways:
- BIKES: A bicycle helps the children to start to generate a quick, daily income by transporting goods in their community or taking people from A to B for a small fee.
- LIVESTOCK: Goats and pigs are “accumulating assets” as not only do they provide milk and manure for fertiliser, but also offspring that the children can sell. In Malawi, a goat can be sold for $25!
- FOOD GARDENS: Training in how to grow food using fertiliser and seeds means the children can harvest crops such as maize, both to feed themselves and to sell for a profit at market.
- COMMUNITY SUPPORT NETWORKS: A network of volunteers who become parental figures to each household ensures they are protected, supported and integrated back into their wider community.
With these four key steps, children who are incredibly vulnerable like Derrick (pictured on the right) can afford food and basic necessities daily; go back to school; start to be financially secure for their future; and have confidence that they are not alone.
When our HOPE100 cyclists were tackling the Surrey Hills, they were also riding for hope and change for these children. THANK YOU to all of them for making the special effort to take part and for their continued support.
With special thanks to Surrey Satellites Technology Ltd and the Ace Support Teams for their help on the day, and to our kind supporter who generously agreed to match the first £6,000 raised through HOPE100.
Read Derrick’s Story to find out how his bike is helping him change his future…