Stephanie Barkway is Development & Marketing Manager at TAM Ethical. Since she started a few months ago she’s launched a fundraising plan that kicked off with a London to Paris cycle ride. Stephanie tells us all about it here.
TAM Ethical’s newly formed team of cyclists embarked on a 300-mile mission to raise funds for one of our ten You Give We Give charity partners – one of which is the wonderful AfriKids – a child rights charity working in northern Ghana.
The incredibly brave cyclists successfully completed the London to Paris bike ride and arrived home in one piece, albeit a little sore in parts! Fundraising for the first You Give We Give event is now closed and I am thrilled to report that the team raised just slightly shy of £7,500. We are delighted to be donating almost £750 to AfriKids and look forward to learning what can be achieved in northern Ghana.
The journey in photos…
Day one – London to Dieppe
Day two – Dieppe to Beauvais
Day three – Beauvais to Paris
No mean feat
Riding all the way from London to Paris was no walk in the park for our amateur cyclists – especially on their bottoms! For all, this was the longest ride they’ve ever tackled and for some, this was the first time they’ve ever sat on a road bike.
The entire trip went without a hitch and despite being faced with the strongest of head winds and met with the steepest of hills, the team kept on pedalling. No difficult encounter could deter the dedicated team in completing the exhausting mission with constant smiles on their faces. They enjoyed every second of the 300 mile venture with comments of, ‘So where are we cycling to next year?’
Now I know what you’re thinking, ‘Clearly they weren’t pedalling hard enough!’ but actually, for those of you with any experience of being part of a cycling club or team, to be able to ride so effortlessly with a group of people you have never once ridden with before, is an achievement in itself. Unfamiliar French roads were navigated with ease, friends from all walks of life were made and a lot of fun was had, making the cause that little bit more special.
The final push
An overwhelming sense of relief was felt by all as the Eiffel Tower came into view – you could see the ear-to-ear grins from a mile away. Not only had the team just completed a demanding physical challenge – one of the biggest challenges to date for some of our cyclists – but it was all on behalf of ten incredibly inspiring charities.
The next step
As we donate nearly £750 to AfriKids we know this money will make a difference. One programme that inspires us at TAM Ethical is the AfriKids Young Entrepreneurs Programme where:-
- £373 is enough to provide for materials and cover training fees for one year enabling one of AfriKids’ young entrepreneurs Ester, to train as a dressmaker.
- £773 is enough to provide six children who have grown up in one of their residential care homes with food and toiletries for a year enabling them to complete Senior High School education.
- £366 is enough to pay for final exams and provide start-up capital for one of AfriKids young entrepreneurs – Mercy, to start her own weaving business.