A team of 23 intrepid cyclists has just returned to the UK after successfully completing the annual Ride India challenge, covering 450km in six days across India’s Golden Triangle. Through sponsorship the participants have already raised an impressive £48,000 for Railway Children, which will help us keep fighting for children at risk on the streets. 

 

At the beginning of the challenge, they visited one of our shelters in Ghaziabad, which cares for children found struggling to survive in and around the stations of Delhi.

There, the group had the opportunity to meet some of the children who would benefit from the funds raised as a result of the challenge. They also visited Ghaziabad Station, where they saw first-hand the conditions the children are living and working in, and how our Child Help Desks offer them somewhere safe as well as clean clothes, food, medical and emotional support, and education.

Ride India 2019 then gave participants the chance to explore India’s stunning Golden Triangle, travelling from Delhi to Agra before cycling to Jaipur, taking in the must-see Taj Mahal on the way, while pedalling through the vibrant towns and villages of Rajasthan.

 

David Palmer, from rail firm Thales who sponsored the challenge, said: “Ride India 2019 has been a fantastic achievement across the board. A brilliant team of people got on very long plane rides to then complete another very long cycle across India’s Golden Triangle, which raised an incredible £48,000 to help reach these children before it’s too late. Congratulations to this year’s riders on their outstanding achievement! Thales is immensely proud to have sponsored Ride India 2019, and we look forward to continuing our ongoing support of Railway Children and their selfless work.”

Katie Mason, Railway Children’s Events Manager, said: “The Ride India 2019 team has been amazing. We never said it would be easy, but they have had to manage some tough terrain, not to mention the daily obstacle course of camels, pigs, motorbikes, dogs and tuk tuks! One cyclist, Andy Savage, came off his bike on day four yet somehow managed to carry on cycling for another 35km, before going to hospital to find he’d broken his elbow. Everyone at Railway Children is so proud of what Andy and the whole team have achieved and the lives they are helping us to change.”

Since the charity was set up 23 years ago, Railway Children has helped 300,000 vulnerable children who would otherwise have been left fighting for survival on the streets in India, East Africa and the UK.

 

For information about Ride Africa, Railway Children’s next major cycling challenge, go to click the link below or contact Katie Mason on 01270 757596 | k.mason@railwaychildren.org.uk.

 

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