CARE launch two cycling challenges
Leading overseas development agency CARE International is appealing to all cyclists to challenge themselves and challenge poverty.
This isn’t exactly to do with Cornwall but it’s for such a good cause we felt we should put this in. CARE’s in-house challenge team are running two cycling challenges in 2010: the CARE London to Brighton Cycle Challenge on 10th April, and the CARE London to Paris Cycle Challenge on 1-4 July.
Participants will enjoy 56 miles of beautiful scenery (and two picnics!) between London and Brighton in a day, followed by a drinks reception and celebrations at Brighton’s marina. Or take on the serious challenge of 230 miles to Paris in 3 days, culminating in a lap of honour around the aptly named Arc Du Triomphe and a champagne finish.
Funds raised by these events will support CARE’s vital work helping over 59 million people in 70 countries find a route out of poverty.
CARE is currently assisting the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake on 12th January. This was the worst earthquake in the region for 200 hundred years, affecting 3 million people- a third of the population. An estimated 70,000 have died, with fears this could rise to 200,000.
CARE responded to the disaster immediately. The organisation has 133 staff based in Haiti, and has sent shelter and logistics specialists and a gender-based violence advisor to assist the response effort.
CARE began distributing aid within days, including water purification tablets, meals, high-energy biscuits, mattresses, hygiene kits, tarpaulins, mosquito nets, jerry cans and kitchen sets. CARE is working alongside other NGOs as members of the DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee), to ensure aid reaches the right places. CARE is already making plans for its post-disaster assistance in Haiti to last at least three years.
To get in touch with CARE, contact them on www.carechallenge.org.uk/cycle