25th Sep, 2017

Couple take to the saddle to help Syrian refugees

Ian Hughes 17th Jul, 2017

A COUPLE from Frankton have taken on two mammoth cycling challenges to raise funds to help educate Syrian refugee children in Lebanon.

Sue and Tim Wilson have just tackled the 130-mile Coast to Coast route, and will be taking part in the London 100 cycling challenge at the end of the month.

They are seeking to raise as much money as they can for the Shack Schools project – an initiative providing education to Syrian refugee children run by Coventry-based charity Global Care.

The need for education is one of the most pressing problems for many refugee families. Working with local Lebanese partners, Global Care operates a Shack School – based in a simple tent structure, similar to those in which refugees live – in the Bekaa Valley, not far from the Syrian border. The school supports around 100 children with basic Arabic and Maths – they are learning how to hold a pencil, write their name, to count, to concentrate, and most importantly, they are being given hope for the future.

Tim and Sue’s fundraising efforts are part of the wider work of a group of local churches – the Draycote Benefice – who have committed to raising at least £1,500 a year for the next three years to support the Shack Schools.

As well as the epic bike rides, there will be a fun afternoon at Bourton & Frankton Village Hall, on Sunday July 30, from 2pm. The event will feature sponsorship activities including riding a static bike, a raffle, and refreshments. The afternoon will end at 4pm with an informal service for the whole benefice.

John White, CEO of Global Care, said: “We are delighted to be partnering on a long-term basis with the Draycote Benefice. We really appreciate the efforts of Sue and Tim, who are literally making a mammoth effort for the cause. All the money raised will make a significant difference to the lives of some extremely vulnerable children, giving them hope of a brighter future.”

Visit www.globalcare.org/lebanon for furtehr details.

Sue and Tim Wilson are pedalling hard to help Global Care’s work educating Syrian refugee children. (s)

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