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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Westminster prepares to pedal against poverty for CAFOD
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¬†More than a hundred CAFOD supporters will take to the saddle next month for a sponsored bike ride to raise money for the aid agency's poverty-fighting work around the world. On Sunday June 1st riders aged between four and 80 will cycle alongside the River Lee between Ponders End and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire where they will be able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Lee Valley Country Park, before stopping for a picnic at lunchtime. CAFOD Westminster hopes to see a repeat of last year's successful Pedal Against Poverty fun day which raised almost £9,000 for projects in Africa. John Weaver from Our Lady and St George RC Church in Enfield, whose family took part in 2007, said: "We feel a real connection to CAFOD and the great work that it carries out with its partners throughout the world. "Participating in an event where people of all ages raise funds through cycling provides us with a chance to make our support visible and encourages us to enjoy one of the pleasures of living simply." CAFOD Westminster is hoping to raise £9,000 again this year, which would be enough money to bring clean water to 12 shanty towns in Latin America. CAFOD Diocesan Manager for Westminster, Tony Sheen, said: "We are extremely grateful to all those who support CAFOD by fundraising in their parishes across the diocese. CAFOD's poverty-fighting work could not continue without their generosity. "We hope as many people as possible will take part in the Pedal Against Poverty and have an enjoyable day as well as raise money for our partners." If you would like to take part in the Pedal Against Poverty you can choose to cycle either 10 or 19 miles along the River Lee and through surrounding pretty parkland between Ponders End and Broxbourne. This is a gentle off-road ride along well-marked paths and there will also be a chance to meet other CAFOD supporters and share a picnic. Families are very welcome but riders under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. For more information or to register, email westminster@cafod.org.uk or phone 020 8449 6970. If you do not wish to take part but would like to sponsor the CAFOD team, you can do so at www.justgiving.com/pedalagainstpoverty2008
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