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Cycle from Slovenia to Romania!

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Sophie Palmer

I am cycling one leg (pun whole-heartedly intended) of Thighs of Steel’s cycle from London to Athens, raising money for an Athens refugee centre.

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Khora provides support for refugees who have sought asylum in Europe, but are still living precarious lives in Greece, without access to a permanent residence or education.
As a teacher in Manchester, I have taught students from war-torn countries such as Syria who have experienced more disruption in their young lives than I can comprehend. It is essential that these people have our support. The money we raise is used to fund the running costs of the building, allowing the volunteers to continue with their work, such as providing meals, language classes and safe spaces for families to just be together.
The journey I will partake in is from Slovenia, through Croatia, then Hungary, before finally collapsing in Romania. We will be averaging 140km a day, which is so far that I can’t visualize it, and therefore don’t fear it (luckily). There are also bears en route, which I can google images of, and fear terribly. The training has begun, but I have a long way to go. Any donations would be massively appreciated, and will encourage me to keep rotating my weary and distinctly un-steely legs.

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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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Donation by Pig
on 13-08-2018
£5.00 gift aid
Good luck Sophie!
Donation by Anonymous
on 08-08-2018
£0.00 gift aid
Donation by Alex Stubbing-Moore
on 07-08-2018
£7.50 gift aid
Well done in anticipation. Try to enjoy it! Xx
Donation by Natalie Myler
on 07-08-2018
Go for it ladies! X
Donation by Lisa Johnson
on 13-07-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Best of luck Sophie, and well done for putting yourself forward for such a worthy cause.
Donation by Rob Wharton
on 16-06-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Best of luck!
Donation by Alex & Amy
on 14-06-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Donation by reetladphilb
on 13-06-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Good luck and all the best!
Donation by Anonymous
on 10-06-2018
£2.50 gift aid
Good luck Sophie
Donation by Anonymous
on 09-06-2018
£7.50 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £597.00
Offline Donations: £0.00
Total Raised: £597.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £725.75

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