We were contacted recently by Sam Whiting, a Year 10 student at Kennet School in Thatcham, who is organising a local charity bike ride on 22 June. Known as the “Ring of Fire“, it costs £10 to enter, 100% of which will go directly to two worthwhile causes – The Fire Fighters Charity and Camp Uganda.
The event has been given its name due to its link with the Fire Fighter’s Charity, and also because the various routes (10, 30 and 60 miles) all pass at least one local fire station. Also, the four West Berkshire fire stations (Newbury, Lambourn, Pangbourne and Hungerford) will be used as checkpoints, where snacks and beverages will be sold.
Sam is hoping to raise £4,000, which will enable him to go on an expedition to Uganda, where he will do project work to dramatically improving the lives of people in underprivileged communities. He is donating half of the money raised to the Fire Fighters Charity due to the obvious links and the great work they do helping fire-fighters who have been injured during the course of their work. Sam has a personal connection to the charity, since his father is a fire fighter at Newbury fire station.
We would encourage everyone to support this event. Whether you’re after a healthy way to spend the day with your family or a testing challenge, there’s a route for you. Have fun, get fit and challenge yourself whilst supporting two good causes. For further information, visit: www.rofbikeride.weebly.com.