Yesterday I mentioned a couple of UK charity cycle rides. Today, it’s Germany’s turn.
Three engineers from the steering and driveline manufacturer Nexteer Automotive, in Rüsselsheim, began a 700km sponsored ride (the Tour de Hearts) on Friday, from their offices to the company’s French headquarters in Villepinte, near Paris, where they expect to arrive next Monday, after being joined by French colleagues for the final 90km. Carrying their own food, water and spares, they will be covering an average of 175km a day.
The charities for which they are raising funds – Kinderhilfe Bapatla and Laafi – help with the educational needs of young people in India and West Africa, respectively. The former focuses on professional development, while the latter gives particular emphasis to sport and culture.
In the two previous years the energetic fundraisers have raised a total of €10,000, and they hope to beat that this year. If you would like to help them, visit their webpage at http://www.charity-ride.eu.tc/. (NOTE: Sorry, but in February 2013 this link no longer appears to be live.)
The city of Rüsselsheim is a keen advocate of cycling, as a means of helping the environment, and will be participating in this year’s ‘City Cycling’ campaign, organised by the Climate Alliance, from 15 August to 4 September.