Cycling for peace seems to be the trend at the moment and we hope this trend sets in. Last month, supporter Sharon Cowan cycled from Cambridge to Edinburgh to raise money for our work, and next month Duncan MacIntyre and his team are cycling from Ypres to Verdun to pay remembrance to WWI and fundraise for Peace Direct.
From 24-28 July, Sharon and her friends Justina Molloy and Simon Halliday took to their bikes and cycled nearly 400 miles from Cambridge to Edinburgh. Helen Buxton followed close behind in their very important support car, ready with puncture repair kits and food supplies whenever they needed them.
“It was hard work,” says Sharon, “but we met lots of friendly people and the sun was shining. So we just told our legs to keep pedalling, ate mountains of cake, and kept each other going with terrible jokes and leg massages!”
Sharon raised an impressive £888. This is enough to create four radio campaigns educating woman in Pakistan about their rights. Or to fund eight ex-combatants in DR Congo to set up cocoa-bean farming businesses and lift themselves out of poverty.
A huge thank you to Sharon and everyone involved. We hope your legs survived and you got your cold pint in Edinburgh!