07 Oct 2014

Andy's Swiss Cycle challenge raises more than £6,000 for Kenya Thriving

Kenyan children

“Online giving through MyDonate is so easy and it’s great that 100 per cent of donations go to the charity. People know that what they give is what gets used,” says Andy, following his Swiss Cycle Challenge.

Earlier this summer, we featured an article about Andy Taylor’s mission to cycle 600km through Switzerland. The challenge was, he admits, pretty tough as he battled wet and wild conditions, a tiring 14km hill climb and GPS failure.

Nevertheless, his solo bike ride was a magnificent success, raising more than £6,000 for Kenya Thriving – a grass-roots charity based in the south-west corner of Kenya. The money Andy raised will be used to support orphans in the small rural village of Otacho in Kenya.

Building a home

This will include the charity’s ongoing Homes for Orphans project. Next year, the Homes for Orphans project plans to build and equip two single-storey houses in Otacho.

The AIDS epidemic left behind a generation of widows and grandmas with children who they are unable to care for.

With the Homes for Orphans project one widow will take care of up to 10 orphans in these purpose-built houses, fostering a family environment. It is hoped the orphans will feel secure and achieve a sense of belonging through this project.

Coral Hart, founder of Kenya Thriving, says: “I can confirm that every single penny that Andy will raise from his ride will go to our Homes for Orphans project. I cannot emphasise strongly enough the impact this project is having.”

Donate to Andy’s mission and help him reach his target of £15,000

Learn more about Kenya Thriving’s projects and how you can get involved

Watch a snapshot from Andy’s bike ride on his YouTube channel

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