Through the ride I’ll be aiming to raise money for three very worthwhile charities.
Firstly, Cancer Research UK. Sadly, last year my mother died from stomach cancer. I’ve always been one for root causing a problem and dealing with the issue so that the problem doesn’t arise in the first place. This is exactly what Cancer Research UK is doing trying to find cures for cancer so that cancer can be beaten as has happened so successfully by the application of medical science to many other diseases and conditions.
Secondly, Traidcraft Exchange. I have always been impressed by Traidcraft’s approach to fighting global poverty through trade to help people transform their lives. I was one of the first ever Traidcraft representatives in the early 1980’s and was responsible for bringing Traidcraft and the Fairtrade movement to Nottinghamshire and the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. I am hopeful that I may be able to visit some of the producer groups on my way through India and south-east Asia. Traidcraft Exchange is the charitable arm of Traidcraft and works with some of the world’s poorest farmers, producers and artisans, helping them to work their way out of poverty.
The Bread Trust: The word philanthropy literally means “the practical expression of love towards humanity”; this definition encapsulates exactly what we’re hoping to do through the work of the trust, showing God’s love to people in a practical way through financial and prayer support. BREAD raises funds for famine relief and makes grants to projects in the village of Berega, Tanzania. All the projects are run in conjunction with the Diocese of Morogoro and include work in the Hospital, Kindergarten, Orphanage and Lay Training Centre. Bread was founded in 2001 to help address the needs of people living in Berega, Tanzania. Since its foundation it has given over £200,000 to projects in the village at the hospital, orphanage, lay training centre and to help set up the newly founded School of Nursing (SONAB). It is run by a group of volunteer trustees, all of whom have some kind of connection to Berega.