18 Aug 2015

Turning wheels for education in India

 Turning Wheels

A team of ten amateur enthusiastic cyclists are taking on their biggest challenge yet this summer, riding from Nice to Venice over six days.

Pedals will be pushed for The AWARE Foundation (Action With Awareness Regarding Education), a small Kent-based charity that aims to give dispossessed, disadvantaged and vulnerable children in India the right to an education.

Established since 2007, the charity has been on a mission to ride through Europe, leg by leg, since 2013.

Pedalling for pounds

“We completed the first leg in 2013 when nine of us went from London to Paris, that’s 350 miles in four days. We raised around £10,000,” says Saagar Patel, event organiser for The AWARE Foundation and team cyclist.

“Then in 2014 ten of our supporters cycled 350 miles from London to Paris in five days, and 11 cycled 610 miles from Paris to Nice in six days through the Alps. Both legs raised a combined total of £30,000.

“This year, ten of us will be riding over 500 miles from Nice to Venice. We hope to raise £10,000 to take us to £50,000 in three years from our cycling events.”

Saagar’s family founded the charity and usually they tap into family and friends to take part, however this year they’ve attracted new supporters – with about half the team new to road cycling.

Transforming young lives with education

The AWARE Foundation reaches out to children in deprived communities throughout India by using education as a way of transforming their lives for the better.

The charity is currently running six successful projects in India. It also provides orphans, street children and runaway children with a protected childhood so that they can go on to make well-informed decisions in life.

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When looking for a fundraising partner, BT MyDonate’s free service was the ideal choice.

“We are a small charity, so it was very important that we found a fundraising platform where we didn't incur any admin costs,” explains Saagar. “MyDonate allows us to put 100 per cent of all funds raised direct to our projects in India.”

“The free promotional tools, useful tips and apps have also helped us promote our events and raise awareness,” he adds.

Saagar has a message of thanks for supporters.

“We would like to thank everyone who has held an event, participated in one or donated. Your continued support is gratefully received.”

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Visit The AWARE Foundation for more information.

The AWARE Foundation is planning a fully supported three-day cycle tour of the Peak District in 2016 with two different routes for all capabilities. Interested? Visit The AWARE Foundation.

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