23 Jun 2011

Cardboard Citizens stages bike ride

Homeless theatre company Cardboard Citizens has chosen MyDonate to support a 245 mile charity bike ride from Citizens stages bikeLondon to Amsterdam in the autumn.

The event is expected to raise more than £30,000 for the charity, which is determined that 100 per cent of the donations raised will be retained for its cause: That is to change the lives of homeless and displaced people through theatre and the arts.

Rather than joining forces with a for-profit cycle tour operator, Cardboard Citizens has teamed up with social enterprise Bikeworks, which trains homeless people to become bike mechanics and promotes cycling in the community. Bikeworks will take care of everything from the logistics of the trip to technical support and training.

And as the only fundraising platform not to charge any fees or commission, MyDonate is also playing a big part in raising as much money as possible for the charity.

“It feels great to be able to say to potential cyclists that 100 per cent of the money they raise will go towards organisations supporting homelessness,” says Valentine Leys, development director, Cardboard Citizens.

“In a time when charities are asked to show greater value for money and transparency, Cardboard Citizens is proud to be working with fellow non-profit such as Bikeworks and MyDonate to test ways of maximising the impact of every donation.”

And if you fancy joining in with the Cardboard Citizen’s bike ride, then it’s not too late. The bike ride is open to cyclists of all abilities. Call the organisation directly to find out more on 020 7247 7747 or visit Cardboard Citizen’s MyDonate page here.

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