On Saturday 15th August, seven cyclists took on 100 miles by bike across Sussex to raise over £18,000 towards our work. A further ten participants cycled 50 miles in support. The scenic route kicked off in Chichester, taking cyclists through Petworth and down to West Wittering. 

The money raised will directly support children living in poverty to continue accessing education during the Covid-19 pandemic while their schools remain closed. As more than 80% of the 1.2 billion children currently out of the classroom live in developing countries, we are ensuring that these children can access a quality education from home. With internet and smartphone access a rare luxury, we have developed innovative education programmes including delivering lessons via radio to over 10,000 children in Nepal. 

Event organiser Ruby Richards said: 

“It was an incredible day and we’re so grateful to everyone who took part. Our work isn’t possible without our fantastic community of supporters. All participants finished the course despite the rain,  demonstrating their dedication to improving access to education.”

United World Schools CEO, Tim Howarth, said: 

“With many fundraising events put on hold due to coronavirus, it’s been exciting to hold our Sussex cycle challenge for friends and long term supporters of United World Schools - who remained socially distanced at all times! All the funds raised will go towards supporting over 35,000 children in Cambodia, Myanmar and Nepal to continue their education during this period of temporary school closures.”

"We are deeply concerned that children living in extreme poverty are going to be disproportionately affected by lack of access to education during these very difficult times. Unlike more affluent children around the globe, our students can’t rely on technology to learn from home. By taking part in this event, the participants are helping us to provide the resources these children need to continue their education and ultimately break out of poverty.”

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