More than 200 cyclists took to the towpaths in the Lee Valley Country Park to celebrate 50 years of CAFOD’s poverty-fighting work around the world. Riders enjoyed beautiful sunny weather as they skirted alongside the River Lea through to Broxbourne, where everyone paused to enjoy a wonderful community picnic.
Participants from all over Westminster and Brentwood came to take part in the ride. Students from St Ignatius College, Enfield, volunteered as directional stewards, pointing riders in the right direction to the finish line.
More than 20 students and six members of staff from St Anne’s Catholic High School for Girls in Palmers Green took part as well, gearing up for a second year to support CAFOD.
“CAFOD is a very good cause that makes it easy to help people,” said Clare Hardiman, of the SS Peter & Paul Northfields Parish CAFOD Youth Group. Pedal Against Poverty is the latest event for the group who, over the last few months, have organised cake stalls, winter wonderlands, and a FairTrade stall, raising over £2000 for CAFOD.
Thank you to everyone who took part! The money you raise will help developing communities all over the world work their way out of poverty. Last year riders in Pedal Against Poverty raised over £9,000 for CAFOD. This year we hope to raise nearer to £15,000, which would be enough to provide over 450 families with a supply of clean water. Why not get sponsored (link to form) or create a Just Giving page (link), so that your effort this past Sunday can make a difference? Those who did not participate but still would like to contribute can do so at the event’s Just Giving Page: www.justgiving.com/CAFODPedalAgainstPoverty2012.
Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to help stewarding and registering riders for the event. Gracious thanks also to Gus of Top Riders Cycles, Enfield, for providing cycle maintenance on the day, to Jo and Roberto Falzone for donating delicious homemade cake, to Paul Quinn of Monster Play Systems for donating Fairtrade Juices, and to Paul Daynes for donating water for every participants.
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