Riders prepare for a training ride from school

Riders Saskia Hook and Roy Middup prepare for a training ride from school

Our very own, youth rider, Saskia Hook is taking part in a fundraising ride to London and back. Here’s their press release:

 

300 MILES IN 3 DAYS FOR UGANDA

Three Derby teenagers are set to embark on a challenging weekend of cycling to raise money for underprivileged schools and other projects in Uganda. They will ride to London and back from Ecclesbourne School in Duffield, covering 300 miles in 3 days and include a visit to the Ugandan High Commission in Trafalgar Square. The 3 riders who are pupils at the school will be met by local MP Pauline Latham in London and hope that keen cyclist Mayor Boris Johnson can also attend or even ride with them for a while. Riders Saskia Hook and Roy Middup are also part of the group travelling to Uganda later in the year and will be joined on the ride by Roy’s brother Alan. The brothers from Little Eaton are regular riders and have organised the ride. Saskia from Allestree, is from a cyclo-cross background and started road racing last year, and was a member of the East Midlands team at the UK School Games.

Head of Year 10 at Ecclesbourne is Mrs Roe and she said, “We are so incredibly proud of the efforts of these students. Saskia and Roy will have to pull on all of their resources and talent to complete this challenge. But it is worth it to help support our schools in Uganda.”

The ride is one of several fund-raising activities for the Ugandan schools. Pauline Latham is organising a visit to the schools and accompanying her are 8 pupils and 2 teachers from Woodlands woodlandsderby.squarespace.com/ and Ecclesbourne Schools. This follows similar successful visits in previous years. Whilst funding the cost of the visit themselves the pupils are currently busy raising money to be used to fund equipment for the Ugandan schools. On the last visit in 2009 over £20000 was raised and the students are hoping to surpass that figure this year.

This year, six year ten pupils have been recently selected to travel to Uganda in July. The three new pupils from Ecclesbourne School are Saskia Hook, Roy Middup, Robin Spurr and the new students from Woodlands School are Matt Powell, Dani Clamp and Phil Campbell. Each student was selected by their peers after presenting a speech on why they wanted to be chosen. In addition 2 year 12 students are set to revisit Uganda for a second time. They are Oli Watson (Ecclesbourne) and Rebecca Jepson (Woodlands). Along with Mrs Latham, teachers Rachel Tordoff from Ecclesbourne and Woodlands School headmaster Alan Brady will also make the journey.

Pauline Latham said: ‘These students are using their time and their skills to promote the plight of others in a developing country that do not have the advantage of living the same sort of life that we do here in Britain. They want to raise as much money as possible to support two schools in Uganda as well as two agricultural projects and a project helping Aids widows who want to earn a living so that their children can go to school. They are examples of so many of our young people who care about others rather than just themselves.’

The money raised will go directly to selected Secondary Schools and projects in Uganda. Previously they raised enough money to buy school equipment such as pens, paper, textbooks, science equipment and science chemicals; all of which are vital in order for the school to function properly. They also bought enough building materials to build an examination hall for Mirembe School and three classrooms, a store room and a staff room for Kiringo School. In addition to this they were able to fund a sustainable farming project to aid the surrounding communities.

The cycle ride starts from Ecclesbourne School on 1st April returning on 3rd April and the riders are seeking sponsors (so far the cycle ride has raised nearly £1000). The route has been developed to take in quiet roads and will be done without support vehicles. The organisers will also welcome other local cyclists who may wish to ride with the students on the early stages of the ride.

People wishing to sponsor them or know more about the Uganda visit should contact Rachel Tordoff or Jackie Roe at Ecclesbourne School

Further details about Uganda visits past and present can be found on the following website:

http://projectuganda2009.blogspot.com/

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