Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Bike Ride - Let's get cycling


Sponsored Bicycle Ride from
Hoek van Holland to Brussels via Amsterdam outskirts

30th August to 2nd September 2012

Proceeds to benefit Educaid, Sierra Leone

The trip will start with all cyclists catching the 20.00 train from London, Liverpool Street station to Harwich on Thursday 30th August and boarding the overnight ferry which departs at 23.15. The ferry will arrive in Hoek van Holland at 07.45. Bikes will be unloaded and cycling will start along the coastal route towards Haarlem and then south towards Gouda (80 - 85miles).

On the second day cyclists will ride along picturesque canal paths catching a glimpse of  Dutch countryside and sampling delicious food. The second day (75 miles) will end close to  Antwerp. The final day will be a short cycle ride (50 miles) into Brussels ending with a celebratory meal before boarding the 17.59 Eurostar arriving in London at 19.03.

A support vehicle will accompany the cyclists throughout the ride as well as a catering vehicle which will carry supplies to sustain cyclists. Paul Gage the ‘Bike Mechanic’ will cycle with the group to support any cyclists requiring maintenance for their bikes. All bikes will be transported to Holland in a van which will be loaded on Wednesday evening in London and will return with the bikes to London after the ride. Bikes can be collected on Monday morning.

In order to raise funds for the project we are asking participants to raise a minimum of £1,000 each in sponsorship and to cover their own costs, which are estimated at £300 per person which will include Eurostar tickets, ferry ticket and cabin, two overnight stays as well as food during the ride.   A limited number of places will be available for full-time students who will be asked to fund 3/4 of their costs and to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship.

With only 50 spaces available don’t miss out on this great opportunity to have lots of fun while supporting Educaid!!! Contact Janet Broadhurst  as soon as possible with your £200 deposit (cheques made payable to EducAid bike ride).

We will arrange for sponsorship donations to be made on-line through www.justgiving.com. Sponsorship forms with gift aid facilities will be available too.

Janet Broadhurst can be contacted on 07956 423 223 or janetbroadhurst@aol.com www.educaid.org.uk

If you are interested in knowing more about EducAid's work with vulnerable young Sierra Leoneans, please go to www.educaid.org.uk and www.sierraleonegirls.blogspot.com

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