Children and 18 cyclists at the heart of borough Twinning anniversary

Release Date: 30 August 2017

A fun community fair marking the end of a 263 mile bike ride from Fontainebleau to Twickenham, raising money for street children around the world, will be hosted at Orleans House Gallery next month.

From 13 September, eighteen cyclists will embark on the charity cycle ride from France to Richmond upon Thames to celebrate 40 years of Twinning and raise money for local charity StreetInvest.

To welcome home the cyclists, StreetInvest have organised a local fair at Orleans House Gallery from noon on 17 September.

Activities will include:

  • A children’s bike/scooter track with a schools’ sponsored ride,
  • Face painting
  • Balloon modelling
  • Bubble making
  • Caricature artist
  • Arts and crafts area
  • Beer and wine sampling from Twickenham Fine Ales and Oddbins

To keep in the Anglo-French spirit, a child wearing a beret could also win their parents a family lunch for four at Chez Lindsay, Richmond.

Live music on the day will be performed by The Basement Door’s young musicians, school choirs, St Margarets based The Elastic Band and singalong group Vocal Tonix.

The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, Cllr Lisa Blakemore will also be there joining the Twinning Anniversary celebrations and presenting commemorative trophies to the cyclists.

Cllr Blakemore, said:

“What a lovely event! These 18 cyclists will have been on the road for four days, pedalling hard to raise money for this worthwhile charity. It is lovely that we will be able to mark their efforts with a community ‘welcome home’.

“I hope that many families come along, join in the fun and say three cheers to the cyclists that have taken part.”

Duncan Ross, StreetInvest’s Co-Founder and Chief Executive, said:

“We place great importance on forging links with our local community, and especially with schools, because this is part of our ‘Children supporting Children’ campaign. Many of the children at this event will be the same age as those street children we work with. These won’t have parents to take care of them, and they are among the most neglected, discriminated and abused in our society.”

StreetInvest exists to help even the most excluded street-connected children have access to a trustworthy adult, so that they are safer, better supported, and valued by their communities. We call these trustworthy adults street workers. They build relationships firmly based on mutual trust. For a street child, knowing that they have someone whom they can rely on to be there, to listen without judgement and to support them for as long as they need, is the first step towards changing their young lives.

The event starts at 12 noon and ends at 5pm. There will be no car parking at Orleans House Gallery on the day.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P399/17

Updated: 31 August 2017