HG Wells once said “When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race”.
While this may not be a sentiment shared by all there us no denying, in my opinion, that the speed of a bicycle and the smiles shared between cyclists while out on a trip signify much about the right way to be – making time and sharing the world in a pleasant fashion with our fellow human beings.
To say a bike can change the world is a bold claim and this blog sets out to show how this bike trip is aiming to make a difference.
I didn’t set out to do this ride as a fundraiser. It is about a journey I wish to make. However, as someone who has worked in the not-for-profit sector for most of my working career I have been privileged to come across many individuals and organisations aiming to make a real difference to the lives of others. Many people the world over are now familiar with magazines sold by the homeless to help them get back on their feet – a hand-up not a hand-out. That’s what the Big Issue’s about.
Another initiative set up to help the homeless, by the same social entrepreneur, Mel Young, is the Homeless World Cup. Having identified football as a keen interest among many who find themselves on the street it now uses this activity to help people through recovery, develop team spirit and individual pride. Every year, from local street leagues, a team is selected to represent their country in the Homeless World Cup football tournament It’s a major feat of organisation and dedication – co-ordinating a global event, obtaining visas and of course training on behalf of participants.
I’ve chosen to work with the Homeless World Cup to raise funds for a number of reasons. Firstly, and most importantly I like the honesty and the outputs they achieve. It’s not an organisation with large numbers of staff but it is an organisation that changes lives for hundreds of people. Secondly, it is of course an initiative that runs across the world – much the same as the bike ride. In 2012 72 National Teams will participate as the Homeless World Cup goes to Mexico. Lastly, while being a global activity the organisation is led by a team in Edinburgh, just a mile down the road.
So, that’s it. I hope you will feel able to support their work. It will be great encouragement to me as I constantly get back on the saddle and with a target of raising £5 per kilometre we do of course hope it will make a significant difference to many people. Go on… click on the link, be a part of it and give me no excuses for backing out!!
You can also text the code NAOM50 £5 (or amount you wish to donate-between £1 and £10) to 70070