Sofia to Thessaloniki. Jelly to steel.
This August I'll be taking on the challenge of cycling 520km over 5 days, from Sofia in Bulgaria to Thessaloniki in Greece. I'll be going up and over the Rila and Rhodope mountains (a total of 7250m of climbing), and wild camping along the way. This is part of a relay ride from London to Athens being organised by the fantastic group Thighs of Steel, who cycle really long distances to raise money for the refugee centre Khora in Athens.
This is an extremely important cause to me; I'm lucky enough to have a British passport which allows me to move freely across the globe, and to return to the safety and protection of my home country when I've had enough. The thought of being forced to flee our homes due to conflict or persecution is unimaginable for most of us, and more so the idea of there being nowhere in the world where we could safely and legally live. We may never fully appreciate the gruelling and dangerous journeys of displaced people, but we can at least do our best to provide them with a warm and welcoming place to rest at the end of it.
I truly appreciate every penny you can spare, and know it will help in providing care and community to those who need it most.
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.
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