The tour of your life-want to join?!

Discussion in 'Touring and Adventure Cycling' started by Tyremark, 23 Apr 2008.

  1. Tyremark

    Tyremark New Member

    Hi all, some who keep an eye on this forum may be aware that at the moment an epic bike tour/rally is being planned from the UK all the way to Kenya to raise money for charity, open for all to join!

    Its a way off yet but progress is good, we have our first newsletter
    Check it out.

    Riders are starting to join and publicity is getting bigger, if you want to see what goes into a ride as big as this, or indeed you are tempted to join, please visit the web site

    ALso I would love to ask for some help from you my fellow riders, we have no budget to organise this event so ANY HELP would be very welcome, even if its passing the website onto a friend or contact who may be interested!

    Also please feel free to add ANY comments you may have about the ride, even if you dont think it can be done, I like a challange!

    Mark Nash
  2. ASC1951

    ASC1951 Guru

    OK. It's a very worthwhile cause, but a four month ride? Why not just stay at work and send them half your wages?

    I make my own donations - - and I don't expect people to sponsor my jollies. But then I'm just a cynical old tosspot.
  3. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    S of Kendal
    Oh, don't going running yourself down.

    You're not 'just' a cynical old tosspot.

    You're the absolute epitome of a cynical old tosspot.

    But I do support your sentiment; sometimes I'm a little confused as to who the real beneficiaries are of these schemes might be and to what degree.
  4. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Don't be too harsh...each rider pays his own way and commits to raising money, it doesn't sound like sponsor money is subsidising the trip!

    I'm raising sponsor money on our forthcoming tour because it seemed like a good opportunity to raise money for a charity I volunteer with. But I'm funding own trip completely. Is that very different from the Kenya trip?
  5. vernon

    vernon Harder than Ronnie Pickering

    Meanwood, Leeds
    It seems like a pretty inefficient way to raise £3000 per participant.

    It also doesn't sound well organised.
  6. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I agree about the organisation but who says fund raising ever has to be efficient? There will be people achieving things they never thought they could on this (and any) bike ride. I'm not fussed about efficiency!
  7. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    If you didn't make fund raising fun the money wouldn't be raised at all so maybe every little helps. Just asking people for money for what you think is a good cause probably doesn't work these days.
    I normally argue this one from the opposite side though about people getting free holidays etc:blush:
  8. JonJon

    JonJon New Member

    The way I read about the trip, I think it's not meant to be organised!

    I agree about many charity schemes being another way to raise personal funds, but on their forum they talk about raising up to £4,000 for their own costs. So surely it's better to go on a ride to Kenya - if that's your thing - AND raise £3,000 for charity, than to do the trip without?!
  9. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    Me too. Nothing makes me madder than people asking me to subsidise their holidays. But using your own (paid for) holiday to get cash for good causes out of people? No issue with that.
  10. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    Confused - I thought with most charity rides the money goes straight to the charity and the participants pay themselves for transport, accommodation, etc, so can't see how it's subsidising holidays...Or have I got it wrong somehow?
  11. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I think it depends from trip to trip but there are many where the person DOING the trip has their trip costs subsidised which is a bit unfair to the sponsors. But it depends.
  12. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    By the way, your name is really cool. When I was a kid I used to watch Jana of the Jungle and I had a HUGE stuffed leopard called Jana.
  13. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    Cool - Didn't even know there was a Jana of the Jungle - might have to google it!! Any pics of Jana the leopard by any chance??? :biggrin:
  14. Cathryn

    Cathryn California Correspondant

    I don't think I do have any photos...did you find anything on Jana of the Jungle or did I make that up from my rose tinted childhood???
  15. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    Yes, googled Jana of the jungle, and then my friend said she used to watch it, but apparently jungle Jana's name is pronounced with a J while mine is a Y...still, quite impressed at having an amazon namesake!!! xx(
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