Meet our Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 team
This weekend 14 of our amazing supporters will be cycling 100 miles through London and the Surrey countryside all to raise funds for children worldwide.
We caught up with some of the team to find out why they decided to take on this incredible challenge, enduring months of thigh-burn, and what they're looking forward to most.
Gee, Bella, Olivia and Harry
After rowing 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Gee, Bella and Olivia will be taking the next challenge to dry land.
Bella says that the event is a “great way to continue raising money for this fantastic cause. Olivia is the most experienced cyclist, Gee and I are amateurs at the sport but we're all looking forward to the challenge!”
Row Like a Girl will be joined by friend Harry who explains that "though my attempt is not as impressive as the girls' epic across the Atlantic, getting through 100 miles of road cycling is going to be extremely tough."
For Abhishek, race day will be the first time that he cycles 100 miles, after only recently purchasing his first road bike. He was inspired to join Team Plan after becoming a father last year.
“I was struck by how strongly I wanted to bring up my child in a safe and happy environment. This same desire is shared by parents around the world - but a large number of parents (and their children) are not as fortunate as us.”
“Plan International UK's work is unique and different from most other charities in that they work to empower and develop communities in the poorest parts of the world.”
Pete and his wife Penny have sponsored Ganesh in India, through Plan International UK, since 2009. Pete is hoping to “raise a sizeable sum to help with education, sanitation and basic living needs for the poorer folks in the world.”
Impressively, Pete will be riding the same bike he used to cycle Lands End to John O’Groats in 1989!
Sarah and Maria
Sarah says, “It's a massive challenge for both of us, but knowing that we are supporting girls worldwide through the Because I am a Girl campaign will make the effort all the more worthwhile!”
“I've seen the amazing work Plan International does for disadvantaged children worldwide and want to do my tiny bit to help.”
“It will hurt, it will challenge but it's surely nothing compared with what a lot of kids are going through.”
Patrick, Mark, Francois and Lance
Patrick, Mark, Francois and Lance will be riding as part of team UNIGLOBE, a long-term private sector partner of Plan International UK’s work.
The company has previously taken on challenges including climbing Kilimanjaro, trekking Machu Picchu, a London to Paris cycle ride and an incredible 84km canoe trip over 12 hours in Sweden.
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