Charity cycle challenge raises thousands for children
The charity cycle took place over three days, from 14 to 16 October, covering a distance in the region of 350km. Starting at Ayamonte, on the Spanish border with Portugal, the team had three days to reach Ocean Village in Gibraltar where they were met by supporters cheering them over the finish line.
The group, a mix of Brits and Gibraltarians between the ages of 24 and 71, were joined on the road by support staff in three vehicles.
Planned just three months in advance, the challenge was always going to be a tough one - especially considering the fact that five members of the group were complete beginners on a bike.
One of the cyclists, Russell Hood, started exercising earlier this year “for the first time in decades”. When a friend noticed he had lost some weight and encouraged him to join them for the cycle challenge, he decided to give it a go to help raise money for the “excellent charity” that provides support for local children.
Russell told SUR in English that, although he trained for just over two months, it was “much harder than [he] anticipated” but it was a brilliant feeling when they finished.
As the foundation’s biggest partners, Ocean and Atlantic Health Clubs helped with the organisation of the event and arranging accommodation during the three-day stint so that as much of the money raised as possible could go directly to the charity.
The Guardian Angel Foundation is a Gibraltar-registered charity which was set up in March 2013 with the intention of improving the standard of living for local children by offering financial and emotional support to those in need.
To make a donation, the charity’s bank details are: NatWest Gibraltar, Account Name: The Guardian Angel Foundation, Account Number: 48033057, Sort Code:606060. IBAN:GI79NWBK 060606048033057. BIC/SWIFT Code: RBOSGIGI or cheques can be made payable to “The Guardian Angel Foundation source surinenglish