21-28th June 2019
Travel to Rwanda in June? Sounds like a holiday...
Visit the little boy you sponsor through Compassion? That's a nice idea...
Cycle 120km in one day through hilly Rwanda in aid of Compassion? Hmm...challenging!
100% of the money raised goes to Compassion not to the trip :-)
The flights, accommodation and even the case my bike is going in is funded by me. I believe in this challenge!
Online Total: £1,341.33
Offline Total: £0.00
Gift Aid: £277.75
This year has been a year of transition and change for me... when I left my teaching job of twelve years I knew the year ahead would be quite a different one.
When I chatted to people about my plans there were a few uncertainties but one thing I was clear about - I wanted to have an adventure.
Cycling 120km through Rwanda for a charity I had supported for a number of years seemed to fit the bill.
Compassion are a charity I have supported for 18 years.
I recognise I have far more in terms of wealth and opportunity than many other humans in the world. I don't have answers as to how to make this right, but I can use what I have to help individuals.
This is why I began to sponsor a little 5 year old girl in Uganda 18 years ago. She's grown up now, so I began to sponsor 6 year old Yeshuwa. He lives in Rwanda.
Compassion work in a localised way. They take the money I give and put it into educating and supporting not just Yeshuwa but other children in the area where Yeshuwa lives.
I write letters to Yeshuwa, send him postcards, photos of me and my family and paper-based gifts like stickers.
Yeshuwa writes back (well, actually his older sister writes on his behalf) and tells me about the crops his family are growing, the two hens they have, how he enjoys English and plays football.
The opportunity to visit Yeshuwa in Rwanda came up along with this sporting challenge.
As you probably know, I LOVE cycling and so it all seemed to fall into place.