Get pedalling to help a street child

Release Date: 07 August 2017

Local fundraisers who are not able to participate in the borough’s charity cycle ride from Fontainebleau to Twickenham Riverside this autumn, can still help raise money by taking part in ‘Ride40Minutes.’ 

This September, to celebrate 40 years of Borough Twinning with Fontainebleau, around 20 cyclists will be on their bikes and riding 263 miles to raise money for street children around the world.  

Funds raised by this event will go to local charity StreetInvest. Based in Twickenham they support tens of thousands of children around the world who call the streets their home. And, this year it will also be reaching out to marginalised and excluded young people in the UK. 

The charity have been contacted by a number of local people who would like to raise money, but are unable to participate in the long ride. Therefore, StreetInvest have launched Ride40Minutes.  

They are asking local residents to get on a gym bike (static) and cycle for just 40 minutes. One for each of the years the borough has been twinned with the French town. For each mile they cycle, they are asking participates to raise money.  

The man and woman who cover the furthest distance in the allocated time will each receive a mouth-watering dinner for two at Chez Lindsay, Richmond. And their gyms will be awarded a trophy.  

Cllr Jean Loveland, Richmond Council’s cycling champion, said:  

“This is such a simple fundraising idea for those who visit gyms to stay fit and healthy. 

“I am delighted to support StreetInvest’s vital work with street children around the world. These are among the most neglected, discriminated against and abused children in our society. Knowing that 40 minutes pedalling will profoundly change lives for the better is reason enough for everyone to visit their gyms today and jump into the saddle.” 

StreetInvest aims to help the most excluded, street-connected children have access to a trustworthy adult. Knowing they have someone that they can rely on to simply be there and support them for as long as they need, is the first step towards changing their young lives for the better.  

Ride40 Minutes is just one way people can help. And best of all, just a little time can make a world of difference to a child in desperate need. 

For more information about Ride40 Minutes or a sponsorship form, email info@streetinvest.org.

Town Twinning is a social agreement between towns, cities, provinces, regions, states, and even countries in geographically and politically distinct areas to promote cultural and commercial ties. 

Notes for editors

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Reference: P364/17

Updated: 31 August 2017