Charity Christian Aid is looking to put together a team of 50 cyclists of all levels of cycling ability to take part in a bike ride from London setting off on 9th December 2009. The group will arrive in Copenhagen in time for the start of the Climate Change Summit to join the thousands of climate protesters hoping to get their voices heard for decisive action to be taken in the fight against climate change.
The 140 mile journey will take place between 9th and 16th December with participants covering between 25 and 60 miles per day. The journey will take the cyclists through the English countryside to Harwich where the party will board a ferry. Following this, the route will continue through the Danish Islands until the riders reach Copenhagen itself. They will then get the opportunity to spend two days enjoying the city before returning to the UK.
As well as raising awareness of the importance of making serious commitments to cutting carbon emissions and acting to tackle climate change while we still can, the cyclists will be raising vital funds to help Christian Aid projects in developing countries, countries which are likely to suffer significantly from the effects of climate change. Christian Aid’s Alison Gregory said,
“Cyclists have always been at the forefront of the green movement. This an amazing opportunity to make a real difference by making your voice heard at the crucial climate change talks in Copenhagen and at the same time raising money to help some the world’s poorest people.”
You can register to take part in the climate change bike ride through Christian Aid’s website. Registration is open until 30th September 2009 and an initial £99 registration fee applies. The trip itself costs £895 per person, however this includes all accommodation, most meals, travel to Copenhagen on the ferry and transportation back to the UK. When you register, you can choose how you want to pay for the tour, either by self funding and paying the amount when registering then raising as much as you can in sponsorship. Alternatively, participants can pledge to raise £1900 in sponsorship which will cover the cost of the trip and the remaining funds will go to support Christian Aid’s work.