On your bikes to help Belize

WHILE the political leaders at the G8 summit promised to get more of the world s children into education by 2015, fundraisers in Kimbolton can say they have been doing so for four years. Later this month, they plan to continue the work, but need more will

WHILE the political leaders at the G8 summit promised to get more of the world's children into education by 2015, fundraisers in Kimbolton can say they have been doing so for four years.

Later this month, they plan to continue the work, but need more willing volunteers to take part in the Kimbolton Charity Cycle Ride.

All of the money raised is used to assist with the education of children in Dangriga, Belize. The country's government has insufficient funds to fully support the education system.

Last year about 175 riders took part in rides from three miles right up to a more challenging 100 miles. The event raised more than £6,000.


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The 2007 ride will take place on Sunday, June 24, starting from the Castle Green in Kimbolton, and this time the organisers are hoping to raise £20,000.

Cyclists taking part can choose the challenge they fancy the most (or just feel comfortable with).

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The distances start with a three-mile, off road treasure hunt for young children, and also include 10, 25, 50 and 100 miles for the fitter, more dedicated rider.

There is also a rough, 15-mile off-road ride for mountain bikers and horses.

A spokesman for the event said: "All we ask is that you get sponsorship from family and friends as 100 per cent of the money donated goes directly to the charity."

The Dangriga area of Belize was chosen as the Claretian Fathers in Buckden Towers set up a mission there to help the everyday lives of the people.

Within the Dangriga parish there are 12 schools with more than 4,000 students.

The Children in Belize charity assists by providing buildings, sanitation services, electricity supplies, books and other financial support.

The ride itself is fully supported by a back-up team of helpers. Route maps and notes will be provided for all riders.

There will also be prizes for people who raise the most sponsorship.

INFORMATION: To register to take part, log on to www.kimboltoncharityride.co.uk

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