This weekend two keen cyclists will ride from Cardiff to Paris, raising money for rainforests as they go.
Nigel Little from Swansea and Rhys Bebb from Newport will set off from Cardiff on Friday, cycling for 4 days and over 300 miles to reach Paris on Monday. They are cycling unsupported, carrying everything they need on the back of their bikes.
The pair is fundraising for Size of Wales, a climate change charity which is sustaining an area of rainforest the size of our country as part of a national response to climate change.
Last year, the daring duo, who both work for environmental charities, joined Keep Wales Tidy’s Tour de Galles. This year, they’ve decided to take the challenge to the next level.
“My job involves encouraging young people to take action to help counter the effects of climate change. The best way to do this is to protect the world’s forests, so Rhys and I hatched a plan to raise a little money to help protect trees by using the greenest form of transport known to man- the bicycle!” Nigel Little explained.
An Education Officer with Size of Wales, Nigel spends most of his time travelling to schools around the country to raise awareness of the effects of deforestation and climate change. This summer, instead of relaxing while schools are out he’s been preparing for the ride of his life.
“We love that Nigel is getting on his bike to fundraise for forests.” Claire Raisin, Director of Size of Wales added “Of course you don’t have to do such an epic challenge to help rainforests; it’s really easy to get involved and have a real impact. In October we’ll be having our annual Go Green Day, and there’ll be a chance for everyone to get involved in events up and down the country.”
“Just £3 can help make a significant difference to the people and animals that live in rainforests, as well as making a positive impact in the fight against climate change” she continued.
Nigel and Rhys are hoping to raise £1,504, that’s £5 for every mile they ride!
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