Pedal power raises more than £7,000 for Ukraine orphanage
The thought of children at the Mukachevo orphanage in Ukraine enduring another harsh winter with broken windows was enough to motivate 12 bike riders to power all the way from North London to Southend.
After sixty nine miles and lots of fundraising, the eye-catching yellow topped cycling enthusiasts hit their £7,000 target.
The funds will go toward essential repairs to the Mukachevo orphanage and any money left over will be spent on new equipment.
A great day
The event was organised by Evolve, a charity founded in 2012 that aims to ‘help communities help themselves’.
Repairing the orphanage is one of the projects the charity is working on as part of their mission to support community developments in Belarus and the Ukraine.
On a warm Saturday in June, twelve experienced and novice riders joined forces, pedalling their way through the countryside as part of the charity’s annual Coast to the Coast challenge.
“Living in England it is all too easy to forget about real suffering and hardship around the world,” says Jason Bennett, director and trustee of Evolve.
“To think how the children had to survive through winter with broken windows was motivation enough for us riders,” he says.
“Knowing they will not have to go through all that again is all we want to hear. That’s why our priority is replacing the nine broken windows in the dormitory.
“A great day. Bring on the 2016 ride.”
It’s MyDonate every time
For Jason, the choice of fundraising platform was an easy one:
“We have used MyDonate for every fundraising event since the charity started. Their professionalism and help is second to none.
“I have recommended MyDonate to others and will continue to use them in the future. For me, the easiest part of fundraising is having MyDonate behind me. And because there are no fees, we can be sure every penny donated goes to our cause.”