Cycling for poverty on 2500km ride across the country
FIGHTING poverty with a pushbike sounds a bit far fetched, but that is exactly what a team of cyclists are doing.
The team, with an average age of 56, are from the Anglican Aid Smashing Cycles of Poverty initiative and are riding the 2500km return trip from Sydney to Brisbane.
Their goal is to raise awareness on poverty in Australia and overseas and will be arriving in the Tweed today about 3.30pm as they head home to Sydney.
Smashing Cycles of Poverty cyclist Patrick Kennedy has pedalled 1600km over the last two weeks and said that motorists had given them an excellent reception so far.
"Motorists are waving, tooting their horns and getting right out of our way," he said.
They are being very gracious.
"We are now beginning the long trek back down the coast towards Sydney thinking about how we might win the next State of Origin series."
Anglican Aid CEO and team member David Mansfield said the group hoped to raise $1 million for the 1.3 billion people in the world who live on around $1 a day.
"With over 20,000 children under the age of five dying every day from preventable causes, such as hunger, the Smashing Cycles of Poverty is a race against time as we try to save as many people in the developing world as possible," he said.
"One of our many aims through our Smashing Cycles of Poverty initiative is to raise enough money to rebuild 100 flood-proof homes which were destroyed in the Indian village of Vizag district of Andhra Pradesh, southeast India during devastating storms and floods in 2012.
"To build each home will cost only $3,600. With an initial gift of $50,000 from a single NSW family, eight homes have now been completed and another eight are under construction."
To donate call Anglican Aid on 1800 653 903, visit www.anglicanaid.org.au, or send a cheque to Anglican Aid PO Box Q190, QVB Post Office, NSW 1230.
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