25 Mar 2015

Wheels across India: RAG students gear up for 350km bike ride


Fundraisers Jessica Mével and Dara Meunier will be leading a team of nine on a 350-kilometre cycle across India this August.

The six-day challenge will take them across the region of Kerala, in the south west of India.

As they cross coconut groves, tea plantations and national parks, the students from Sussex University’s RAG (Raise and Give) team will be raising money to support The Pendsey Trust and its bicycle project.

Access to medical care

The Pendsey Trust was set up to help hundreds of young diabetic people living in India, and across the developing world, get insulin and medical care for free. But the trust doesn’t just provide money for medical care – its vision is to change lives for the better.

Children in India with Type 1 Diabetes don’t have access to the funding or medicine (insulin) needed in order to survive.

As a result, access to affordable transport is critical for their health. The bicycle project was set up to provide an alternative to bus rides that are simply unaffordable.

A bicycle costs around £35, and offers a child a free and reliable way to get to school. More importantly, it means they can travel to medical centres where they can receive insulin and medical care.

Giving diabetic children a future

Funds raised by people like Dara and Jessica also go towards supporting diabetic children through training and skills development.

This may be done by sending a young child, with diabetes, to school, providing vocational training or by giving them a sewing machine and training them to be a tailor.

As a result, the Pendsey Trust is able to give these children a chance of a brighter future where they can afford their own medication.

Every penny goes to The Pendsey Trust

Dara said: “We chose to fundraise with MyDonate because of previous experience. It seemed only logical to fundraise with MyDonate as it is the online charity donation service that gives all the money collected to the charity in question and doesn’t take commission.”

“Social media is a must”

Jessica offers her top tip for fundraisers looking to maximise their donations: “Social media is a must. If you are not a keen social media user then find someone who is because that is extremely important.”

You can sponsor Dara and Jessica on their MyDonate fundraising pages.

Learn more about The Pendsey Trust and how it is tackling diabetes in developing countries

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