LATEST NEWS: 2nd March 2011
SEND OFF TODAY. We will be departing today from Newbury town centre at 2pm. We are going to be meeting the Mayor of Newbury, visiting a local school and enjoying a buffet lunch courtesy of LANXESS before we begin the journey. Two WaterAid representatives will be attending to speak about WaterAid and receive their cheque from LANXESS for the sponsorship donation. There will also be employees from LANXESS and of course our friends and family. Keep checking the blog to see photos from the day and to find out how it went! Finally thank you to everyone for all the encouraging and good luck messages.
LATEST NEWS: Update 5th Feburary 2011
With less than 4 weeks to go before the Hong Kong Cycle trip gets underway we have been busy as usual. Jon has been into Sir Bernard Lovell School in Bristol to speak to the children about the important work WaterAid do and how our trip will help them. The children have agreed to hold in a mufti day in aid of WaterAid to help us reach the £20,000 goal, thank you Sir Bernard Lovell School!
Micheil has been wearing the flattering toilet costumes once again at the local Sainsbury’s, only one more collection left, phew!
In other news: Wellsway School in Bristol have adopted WaterAid and the Hong Kong Cycle trip as one of their charitable causes of the year and all money raised by the children in the coming year will be donated to WaterAid as part of our trip. We will be visiting the school on the 16th February to meet the children and to talk to them about WaterAid and the trip.
SEND OFF: Our official send off has been confirmed for the 2nd March from LANXESS in Newbury. Anyone interested in attending please email us. More details of the send off will follow.
15th January 2011: Sponsorship of the Hong Kong Cycle confirmed
German speciality chemical company and water purification specialists LANXESS have taken on the job of principal sponsor for the Hong Kong Cycle imitative. The company have generously agreed to help finance the cost of our equipment as well as donating substantially to WaterAid. As part of the sponsorship agreement we shall be wearing the LANXESS logo as well as visiting key LANXESS locations en route to meet employees, talk to them about the trip, as well as carrying out additional fund-raising events with LANXESS along the way. The newly formed partnership is very exciting and we are looking forward to working with LANXESS and their employees over the coming months to raise as much money as possible for WaterAid.
Monday 3rd January 2011: Churchill Square Shopping centre
Another successful charity collection at Churchill Square Shopping Centre, a whopping £850 raised in under 7 hours. Thank you to all the generous shoppers who could not evade our charm! Also, many thanks to Max, Laura and Hayley for helping out.
18th December 2010: Wong begins fund-raising for Hong Kong Cycle in his home city of Hong Kong
University of Brighton Graduate Wong has been doing his part to raise money for WaterAid in his home city of Hong Kong. Through his efforts and that of other University of Brighton Alumni in Hong Kong, they have manage to raise £150 already. Well done guys and keep up the good work!
Charity Sri Lankan Curry Night: Saturday 4th December 2010
By 7pm we were ready. The food was warming up on the hot plates, the tables were set, the programmes and the quiz placed on the tables, the candles were lit and bowels of wholesome Bombay Mix were just waiting to be eaten. All ready but slightly worried by the lack of guests. Lucky by 7:30pm all our apprehensions had faded, all the tables were full and everyone was getting to know their neighbours.
After everyone had finished their main course Abi Wade began to play. Her music was extremely harmonious and really added to the atmosphere in the room. Thank you Abi. After the music we served up the banoffee pie, which went down a treat. We even had enough for those wanting seconds.
At roughly 9:30pm Peter began his presentation. He spoke about how WaterAid was improving lives across the world and how everyone’s money was going to help. He had very personal accounts to deliver as well as images. The room was completely silent during the talk despite the high-spirited talking and drinking up until that point. Thank you very much Peter for very interesting presentation.
During the final hour we read out the answers to the quiz for the chance to win the box of chocolates and drew the winning numbers for the raffle .
In the end we managed to secure SIX prizes for the quiz that were kindly donated by generous Brighton Businesses. These included:
- £50 voucher from
- £20 voucher from
- Two bottles of wine from
- Bonsai seed kit from Bonsai Ko in the North Lanes
- A voucher for 6 cupcakes from the Angel Food Bakery in the South Lanes
Well done to the winners, hope you enjoy your prizes.
Final thank you Jay and Simonne for without your help, your positive energy, your dedication and enthusiasm the night would not have been such a success. Thank you to Peter for coming to our night and giving such an interesting presentation and a massive thank you to the Vineyard Church for providing such a wonderful environment for the evening. Finally thank you to everyone who came along, despite the bad weather.
After deducting the costs encountered we raised an impressive £535 for WaterAid.
Well done everyone!
Preparation for the Charity Sri Lankan Curry Night: Friday 3rd December 2010
Instead of our usual Friday night of merriment, we had the curry night gurus Jay and Simonne as well as hard working Hayley and Sam over to help cook up the feast ahead of time. From 6pm to 11pm there were six of us madly chopping, peeling, whipping, stewing, stirring and of course drinking. By 11pm we had made 9 Banoffee pies, 6 cauldrons of chicken curry, 2 barrels of Dahl and a tasty chickpea dish specially for the vegetarians. Having all the food cooked Friday night meant that we had Saturday free to prepare the venue and ourselves for the arrival of our guests.
Monday 22nd November 2010
Dressed as toilets, equipped with buckets, we collected donations from shoppers in The Churchill Square Shopping Centre, Brighton. A total of £775.50 was raised, and a massive thanks goes out to Hannah McCarthy, Libby Morris, Hayley Zierold, Natalie Bonz and Vicky Jones for helping us! We are looking for more event locations where we can organise street collections – if anyone knows of a way of making this possible, please do get in touch!
Less than two weeks now remains until the Curry Night, so be sure to book your tickets as they are selling out rapidly!
Tuesday 26th October, 2010
The past few months have been very busy! Unfortunately Jim had to pull out of the trip following a diagnosis of Osgood-Schlatter disease, a big blow, but we wish him all the best for a steady recovery. The recent flooding in Pakistan has meant a change of route. It is very unlikely that infrastructure in the area will allow us to pass through Kashmir as planned and with increasing political instability, we have taken the decision to cycle north through Central Asia and enter China via Kyrgyzstan.
Micheil and I are now focusing all of our energy into fundraising events! Two collections have been arranged at Churchill Square Shopping Centre in Brighton. On Sunday 21st November we shall be suitably dressed up as toilets and taps and collecting donations on the doors! Then on the 3rd January we have been allowed to return with allocated space to put up a stall. We will be face-painting, publicising the WaterAid and the trip, handing out leaflets, badges and stickers and of course collecting donations.
A curry night is being organised for early December. The Vineyard Church at Seven Dials is kindly providing the venue. Two curries will be available (including a vegetarian option), with a small quiz, live music and hopefully a raffle, taking place. Tickets will cost £10 per head and a “bring your own wine” policy will apply.
As well as fundraising, the fact that we must be fit enough for the ride itself has not been forgotten! Mike is training hard at Kung Fu, attending two sessions per week! This is really pushes the body to its limits and could also come in handy if we get into any trouble! I have been playing five-a-side football for a local team as well as regular riding sessions with other members from Brighton Mountain Biking Club.
We would also like to welcome a new member to the team, Frankie Serman, who has kindly offered to take the role of campaign manager. She will help co-ordinate logistics of the route and further fundraising from home whilst we are away.
That’s all for now!
Thank you for your support,
Jon and Mike