8 May 2012
For immediate release Tuesday 8 May, 2012
For further information Samantha Whitwham SWhitwham@redcross.org.uk
Contact number 0117 301 2624 or 07525 128297
Michael Coleby (28) and Joe Greenway (24), both from Coventry, will be cycling over 1,000 kilometres from Bedworth to Geneva to raise money for Red Cross Week 2012 – the charity’s annual fundraising drive which takes place from 6 to12 May.
Michael, emergency response logistics officer at the British Red Cross, and fellow cyclist Joe hope to take 10 days to complete the trip. Departing from the Cross Keys Motorcycle Club, who are sponsoring the duo £500, on Saturday 5 May the ride will take them via the Red Cross headquarters in London, through France and into Switzerland to finish the journey in Geneva – the home of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
Before setting off on their journey, Joe said: "We have be training hard for the last six months and now I am really looking forward to getting on the road. The idea of the bike ride has been really well received and we are very thankful for the support".
Michael said: "It has been a busy few months preparing the logistics of the trip and I am excited about the hard work being put to the test. I’d really like to thank everyone who has sponsored us; especially the Cross Keys Motorcycle Club who have been fantastic supporters of the Red Cross for many years and this is another example of their generosity. Also Crosby's Bar who have helped us cover transport costs.”
For Red Cross Week this year, the charity are asking one million people to donate just one pound, or as much as they can afford, to help raise £1million to fund its vital work.
Local fundraiser, Jackie Ord said: “We are encouraging as many people as possible to get involved in Red Cross Week. We have fundraising events and bucket collections taking place up and down the country so please show your support by making a donation to help us reach our target.
“Last year, we raised £943,477 during Red Cross Week and we would love reach the million pound mark in 2012. All the money raised will help provide unconditional care for vulnerable people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are.”
Could you be ‘One in a Million’ and support Red Cross Week? Collections and fundraising events will be taking place up and down the country between 6 and 12 May. If you can help by sparing two hours to take part in a local bucket collection or would like to arrange your own fundraising event, please contact Jackie Ord on 02476 304200 for advice and support.
For more information about Red Cross Week and for ideas of how you can get involved, please visit redcross.org.uk/redcrossweek and to donate to the bike ride please go to www.justgiving.com/1000teamcycle
Notes to editors
For more information on the British Red Cross please visit: http://www.redcross.org.uk
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.
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