On Thursday morning forty gig rowers set out from Launceston to cycle around the coast of Cornwall, covering just under 400km and climbing 14,000 foot in four days. The charity bike ride is raising money for the Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir who will be performing a concert in Padstow on Saturday night.
The ride is being organised by the team behind the award winning website www.GigRower.co.uk, last year the same team organised the GR20, a two day ride that took in 20 gig clubs and raised over £2,000 for Sheterbox but this year they decided to increase the challenge and the idea for the GR300 was born.
Toby Budd from GigRower said ”Last years charity ride, the GR20, was a great success despite the challenging weather and conditions. The ride is not supposed to be easy and the hilly four day ride is a real challenge, we are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather is not too bad. It is raising money for a great cause and we are looking forward to cycling into Padstow along the camel trail with the choir on Saturday afternoon”
The charity the riders are raising money for is The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir Ltd, a UK charity whose main purposes are to further education and the relief of poverty in Uganda, especially by supporting the Molly and Paul Childcare Foundation, an organisation established in 1983 to build homes and schools for orphaned and destitute children in Kampala and Masaka districts of Uganda. There are now 7 schools with over 2600 pupils.
Children from these schools sing and dance in The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir. They visit the UK to raise awareness and the desperately required funds to help sustain and improve the standard of education, healthcare and living conditions in their schools.
Rosemary Byass, one of the charity volunteers said ”It is really great to see these guys supporting the charity and I think they are in for a really tough ride. The concert on Saturday night is at Padstow church at 7pm and all are welcome, there is no charge but donations will be gratefully received. The choir is really amazing to see and we are expecting a big crowd”
On Saturday the plan is for the choir to meet the riders in Wadebridge where they will then cycle into Padstow together on bike kindly donated by Padstow Cycle Hire before enjoying a Fish and Chip supper courtesy of Rick Stein
Rosemary added ”I would like to thank all those who have put in so much work to make this happen, Celia, Jeremy, Russel, Fran, Nick and also the financial support of the King Harry Ferry without whose support the ride would not have been possible”
Anyone interested in tracking the riders can follow their progress on the website: www.GigRower.co.uk.