Sal's Thighs of Steel!
This summer I’m getting to combine my interests of cycling and migration, as I join the fab social enterprise, Thighs of Steel. They will be cycling from London to Athens over 7 weeks and I will be joining on their last leg from Thessaloniki to Athens (Inshallah). Cycling 600km over 6 days with an ascent of 7100m, through Greek’s highest mountain, Mount Olympus … yikes, that’s a lot of uphill struggle, sweaty climbs & wild camping!
I have paid all the expenses and so every penny donated will go straight to Khora Refugee Centre. Khora is an 8-floor community centre in Athens. The fact that Khora is a grassroots operation means that all the money goes directly to supporting the people who are most in need.
The previous years’ rides have raised enough money to pay for the rent and electricity of the community centre for an entire year! That is the real, tangible impact your donation can have - we would love for this to happen another year running.
Do spare anything you can to support Khora on their journey on providing a safe space for vulnerable migrants in Europe…and wish me luck, because I’ll need it!
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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