London To Hayling 2013

Copy of an article that recently appeared in The Hayling Islander

Various members of the Hayling Cycle Ride were delighted to again support HOPEHIV’s annual London to Hayling Cycle Ride. Over 70 riders set off from Wimbledon Common on Sunday 8th September. While the day started sunny the riders journey to the south coast, along an excellent Fred Dyer planned route was soon hampered by a repetition of very heavy showers. This type of weather leads to more punctures given that causes grit sticks to tyres and this was one of the major reasons why the support teams we supplied were rather stretched this year. Many thanks to Chip Carpenter /Mike Taylor and Chris McQuade/ Robbie Bushfield for their hard work and contribution towards the events success. There is a clear measure of the support teams efforts – none of them managed to grab a beer before late afternoon !

Mark Glen CEO of HOPEHIV has expressed his thanks for the Hayling Cycle Ride’s involvement : “We really appreciate your support. This has turned into a major annual fundraiser for us and we simply could not have done it without you” . Two years ago I personally visited Malawi and saw at first hand some of the great work that HOPEHIV are doing to give hope to thousands of young people who have been orphaned through AIDs I know the money raised this year will help many more . This a small charity with a very small staff and modest overheads that works with local African organisations to give small grants and loans to individuals so that they help themselves and their families by starting businesses and/or getting better education .

Langstone Hotel’s offer to host the finish was really appreciate and they have already agreed to do the same next year when the ride will take place on Sunday 7th September.

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