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Arthur Symes

Welcome to my fundraising page! This year I will be cycling from Germany, through the Alps and into Slovenia to raise money for the refugees crisis

Raising money for
Thighs of Steel

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Donations accepted until 01-05-2019

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This is the most intense week Thighs of Steel has cycled to date. 880 km of cycling with a noticeable 15,000m ascent *gulp* in 6 days. Since the refugee crisis began, many people were forced to flee to the EU by land or sea. For a vast majority of these people, their struggle isn't over and the challenges they face continue
Children are growing up with no access to education or real homes; NGO support is proving inefficient; a lack of funding & support in addition to unhurried bureaucracy means their lives are suspended.
Khora are a community centre in the centre of Athens. They are a small, proactive association made up of volunteers from all around the world. The team is a combination of the local Greek community, the refugee community and international volunteers. 
Khora is a grassroots operation. That means
whatever money you choose to part with, goes straight into supporting the people who are in most need. They accommodate: a library/study area; a safe women's & children's space; legal services;
nutritious food and language tuition. Thank you for taking the time to read and donating anything you can towards this cause.

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London to Athens 2018

A group of not-so-serious cyclists have set themselves the serious challenge of cycling between London and Athens. The ride is a relay-style challenge, with each participant taking on a week or two of the overall trip.

We are fundraising for Khora; a grassroots, proactive association running a community centre in Athens. Their centre provides basic and human needs for people without freedom of movement. This includes free nutritious food, clothing, education, access to information and a safe space to build relationships and relax.

Equally important to what they offer, is how they offer it. Khora is run by volunteers from all over the world. Its team includes members of the local Greek community, the refugee community and other international volunteers too. It prioritises dignity and respect in every service it provides.

The £60,000 we are aiming to raise will pay for the rent for their community centre for an entire year. The running costs of a project are typically the hardest to find funding for, so it of particular importance to be able to provide this for Khora, to secure a stable future for the project. All fund-raised money goes to Khora, and none on the ride.

Event date

22-July-2018 00:00  - 
08-September-2018 23:59

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Well done! Pat and Jim
Donation by Jim Barron
on 02-09-2018
Donation by Connor McCracken
on 12-08-2018
£5.00 gift aid
You’re a hero!
Donation by Scotty
on 12-08-2018
£6.25 gift aid
Yours might be steel but mine are titanium.... Matt's are tin.
Donation by Matt + Clare
on 10-08-2018
£10.00 gift aid
Well done Arthur! You spectacular man! x
Donation by Harry Stevens
on 10-08-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Allez allez simba !
Donation by Emmanuelle
on 09-08-2018
Wishing you zero punctures, lots of downhills and no head winds. All the best.
Donation by Juanita van Bakel
on 08-08-2018
£7.50 gift aid
Good luck mate!
Donation by Patrick Restrepo
on 07-08-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Ride away big man, magnificent act!
Donation by Ankit Khurana
on 07-08-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Good Luck mate!
Donation by Gus Backhouse
on 06-08-2018
£2.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £1,400.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £1,400.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £1,717.50

Donations closed

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