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Red Kite Ride Charity Nominations 2018

Each year Marlow Riders organises the Red Kite Ride sportive.  It is held in September, with proceeds going to charity. The event has been running for six years, and so far we have raised over £40,000 for cycling based good causes.

Here are the club member nominations for cycling related charities for the 2018 Red Kite Ride.  There are three charities, Qhubeka, Wheels for All and Cyclists Fighting Cancer.  You will be able to vote for your 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice.

Please read the submissions and follow the link at the bottom of the page to cast your vote.

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Qhubeka

Qhubeka is a South African not-for-profit organisation that donates bicycles as part of the World Bicycle Relief’s charity programme in South Africa. Qhubeka is currently supported by the Dimension Data UCI World Tour cycling team. Through support, Qhubeka uses bicycles to connect people to schools, clinics and jobs. Communities with limited transport have restricted options, but bicycles are tools of change.

Qhubeka was founded in 2005 and chose the name, which means “to progress”, “to move forward”, because bicycles help people to travel faster and further, and to carry more. This means they can get where they need to go and do things that are difficult without transport, like fetching supplies, travelling to school or work, visiting a clinic, or providing emergency help after a disaster. A bicycle is a tool that helps people move forward.

Schoolchildren: Bicycles are an effective way to address the needs of school children in South Africa.12 million of the country’s 16 million school-going children walk to and from school and 500 000 of these walk more than two hours to school and two hours back. With a Qhubeka Bicycle, a child’s commute time is reduced by up to 75%.

Adults: Read how a bicycle has changed Ntokozo’s life: In Africa, a lack of access to transport means that people have to walk long distances to get to jobs, clinics, shops and opportunities.

With a bicycle, people can travel four times faster than if they were walking. A bicycle also increases a person’s carrying capacity by five times and saves people money they would otherwise have had to spend on public transport. Bicycles make it easier for people to get to where they need to be, whether it’s a work opportunity, or visiting family, a clinic, shops or community event

Throughout the last three years Marlow Riders have donated old kit to young riders in Africa, which has been-thorough the Africa Kit Appeal with Matt Brammieier and Nathan Hass – Our pro cycling friends

With Matt, Nathan and by partnering with Team Dimension Data, Marlow Riders can help people in Africa buy bikes, and change lives.

Each bike costs is £150 and our efforts can help a whole village.

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Wheels for All

Wheels for All Marlow is a local charity that totally embodies our club’s ethos of ‘Cycling for All’.

The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity. By using specially adapted cycles, they offer cycling activities that are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved. The Marlow branch is based at Bisham Abbey and is run by volunteers.

The range of bikes used by Wheels for All is amazing, covering a huge range of sizes and abilities. They have trikes, hand-powered bikes, dual operated bikes, even special arrangements that can transport wheelchairs. If you visit their weekend sessions you will see the delight that riders experience by being able to cycle with freedom in a safe environment using these special bikes. Equally impressive is the satisfaction that parents or carers get, by being able to offer such an experience. Many of the children involved have no other physical outlet

In the last three years Wheels for All have been a visible presence at the Red Kite Ride, showing the range of bikes they offer and contributing to the ‘theatre’ at the end of the ride. They were our selected charity last year, and we will be working with them to use our donation to help generate publicity both for them and the Red Kite Ride

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CFC gives new bikes, tandems and specially adapted trikes to children and young people who have been affected by cancer throughout the UK. The effects of the disease and associated treatment regimes in children are numerous; amputations, balance issues, physical weakness, coordination difficulties and lack of self esteem are just a few of the most common side effects seen in many patients.

In 2018 we will be offering our new CFC Active Personal Training referral service to teens and young adults across the UK – Full information to follow soon.

Exercise has been shown in numerous adult studies to be the single most effective way of improving both physical and mental wellness for people surviving cancer. We encourage cycling as the best form of exercise based rehabilitation especially for children because it provides all these benefits in a low impact, fun, sociable and exciting way.

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