Calling intrepid cyclists!
While the event attracts experienced cyclists, it’s not all about endurance. The aim is to raise much needed funds for orphaned or heavily disadvantaged children in Kenya.
In the past three years, a total of $180,000 has been raised from proceeds from the Grand Tour and its sister event, the family-friendly Tour of Hope held in September.
The Grand Tour is limited to 30 entrants and the $500 entry fee includes a cycling jersey, accommodation, meals, transport and the support of a full crew during the four-day event. While there is a basic entry fee, participants are also encouraged to attempt a fund raising target of $1,000.
Ten acres of prime land bordering Lake Victoria in Western Kenya has already been purchased with funds from both Tour of Hope events in the past three years. The land will house an early childhood development centre and a variety of out houses for staff and volunteers.
“Every cent raised from the events goes to Africa,” says Rodney Callanan, one of the directors of the non-profit organisation organising both events.
”The money goes such a long way – people in Kenya, for example, can live on $2 a day so they are so grateful for the help they receive.”
Cyclist, Rick Baker, who has participated in two Grand Tour of Hope events, encourages other cyclists to get involved.
“The event has been one of the most challenging yet incredibly rewarding events I’ve ever participated in. The ride itself is tough with long days in the saddle negotiating hills but the bonding with mates and each pushing each other through, makes it worthwhile.
“It’s humbling to realise that while we are suffering on a bike, the people we are raising funds and awareness for are going through a lot more pain each and every day, and not by choice,” he said.
Tour of Hope committee member, Katie Bickerton was equally enthusiastic.
“This is not just a bike ride for cyclists; it’s about everyday people changing the future for many who won’t get the chances that we have been so blessed with.”
For further details on how to enter this year’s Grand Tour of Hope, visit their website