London to Paris 2010 Earthquake sponsored cycle ride
Update: the cycle ride was completed successfully, within the target time, and the total raised was a tremendous £9,114.60 for Article25. Photos of the ride are available on TwitPic here.
The earthquakes that devastated both Haiti and Chile earlier this year prompted two staff at gcp Chartered Architects to act and raise funds for Article 25, a UK registered charity that designs and delivers buildings and structures for those in greatest need worldwide. Having set a target of raising £10,000, Jonathan Carter and Rob Mckillop of gcp both graduates of University of West of England UWE, enlisted the support of ten friends to cycle 296 miles from Trafalgar Square (London) to the Eiffel Tower (Paris) over the August 2010 bank holiday. None of the 12 cyclists had ever done any distance cycling before, but they all work within the construction industry.
All the money raised goes to the charity. All transport costs, accommodation etc is being met by the cyclist out of their own pocket. To meet this target the team are looking for financial or in kind support ranging from individual donations, through to securing a team kit sponsor. An online individual donation site has been set up at http://www.justgiving.com/article25bikeride and aleaflet summarising the cycle ride can be downloaded here (PDF, 134kB).