More cyclists raising money for good causes
One of the fun things about sending out prizes for the Social Media Jersey has been hearing what riders are doing with the money. Whether it’s being put towards helping them travel to races, enabling them to have a lovely treat, or just going towards living costs, it’s made me really happy that all of us, working together, have made a little difference in the riders’ lives. And some of them have asked that we donate their prizes to causes close to their hearts – so I think it’s time for a second edition of cyclists (and a cyclist’s relative) raising money for charity – some Jersey winners and some not, but all great causes that I’m sure they’d love if you could support.
Emma Johansson is a long-term supporter of the Barncancer Fonden, a Swedish children’s cancer charity who run an annual fundraising bike ride through Sweden, the Ride of Hope. Emma is using her $300 Jersey prize to kickstart a campaign for this year’s Ride, and you can support it here. You might need google translate to help with the page, but it’s very easy indeed, and SUCH a good cause! Emma’s fundraising drive runs right through to next year’s Ride, ending on 31st August 2013. And yeah, I *am* thinking that cycling through Sweden for a great charity sounds like the perfect holiday!
(and if anyone’s having trouble with any words, leave a note in the comments, and I’ll get my favourite Swede to translate for you!)
You might remember that Emma Pooley donated the prizes she won for winning the women’s Haute Route (and coming 4th overall) to Amnesty, who campaign against human rights abuses around the world. She’s supported them for years, including making videos for them, so it was no surprise that she asked for her £134 Jersey prize to go to Amnesty. Find out more about their work at their website, and in the video below. You can donate to Amnesty here, but there are all kinds of ways to get involved in their campaigns on their website that don’t involve money, too.
Evie Stevens asked that we send her US $175 to the Speak up For Autism event organised by one of her friends, in New York, raising money for the American Autism Speaks charity, which funds research and provides advocacy for people with autism and their families. Find out more about their work here, and how you can get involved in their work here.
Moving on from the Jersey prize winners, my favourite British team, Matrix Prendas, are raising money for Out of the Saddle, a fundraising drive, set up by British cyclists Dean and Russell Downing, for the Danny Porter Foundation, CRY UK and the MSA Trust. Matrix-Prendas are auctioning a 2012 team jersey and cap, signed by the team, including 2012 Olympic Team Pursuit champions Jo Rowsell and Dani King. The auction runs until 4th November, and you can bid for it on ebay right here, or find out more about Out of the Saddle on their website.
I talked about USA CX, MTB and road rider, Meredith Miller‘s Pretty In Pink campaign to raise money for breast cancer support, in the previous charity post. She’s still selling her Pink is the new Fast t-shirt and cycling jerseys, but she’s also got a great online raffle, with some fantastic prizes, the biggest one being a Specialized S-Works Crux Carbon OSBB Frameset (54cm) with SRAM Red 2012, Zipp 101 Wheelset, Zipp Service Course Bars, Stem and Seatpost, and Avid Shortly Ultimates. Tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20, and they’re on sale here until 2nd November. All money goes to the Hope Lives! breast cancer support centre in Fort Collins, USA – head over and buy some tickets, you could win such good stuff!
Finally, she’s not a pro cyclist, but she is a cyclist’s sister – Chelsea Hosking (sister of Chloe) is taking part in the Ride to Conquer Cancer in order to raise money for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Chelsea’s fundraising page explains the very personal reasons behind her support for Peter Mac, who are currently treating her boyfriend, Lachlan. Here’s wishing Chelsea a great ride, and all best wishes to Lachlan for his treatment.
There’s a host of great causes around the world, and it’s great to be part of a sport and community that care actively about helping others. We’d encourage you to do anything you’re able to support these causes, even just by sharing them with your friends.
And of course, please feel free to add any other cyclists’ charity work, or causes you support into the comments – I’m sure I’ll be writing more of these in the future
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