Rotary Cycle Ride Introduction
Charity Cycle Ride
In aid of End Polio and Breast Cancer UK
Sunday 3 September 2017
Please note the information given below is subject to change. Please ensure you check the website before the event for any last minute changes.
Following the success of last year’s cycle ride, The Rotary Club of Narberth & Whitland are pleased to invite you to take part in our 2017 Charity Bike Ride. We have a choice of 10, 27 or 50 miles to suit all abilities, so it does not matter if you are looking for a short family ride with young children or looking for something a little more serious for you and fellow club cyclists to finish off your summer road season.
The online entry for the Charity Cycle Ride open in February 2017, please remember numbers are limited, so early entry is advised to avoid disappointment. In addition to enter ride, you will be able to:-
- Download a map of the route.
- Download a GPS file in a format that suits your mobile device
- Download a route cue sheet
- Book your lunch, including any additional meals for friends and family
- Enter the ride and pay online.
- Download a Sponsorship Form for Breast Cancer UK / End Polio Now Charities
Entry this year has had to be limited to 200 participants and will be online only, with an early bird Entry Fee of £10.00 and Free to under 16s. If you agree to raise a minimum of £25.00 for the two charities, then entry is free. Please bring your Sponsorship Form with you when you register on the day. As last year, The Cresselly Arms are again offering a two course barbeque lunch for £8.00. Those who enjoyed the lunch last year will know what good value this represented. Pre-booking is essential, which can be done when you Enter the Event.
Last year we had many families taking part, including some holidaying in the area. On the longer rides we possibly had every cycle club in west Wales represented, combining the fund raising with a social gathering of likeminded cyclists, no doubt discussing the numerous events they had completed in over the summer months!
Charities being supported this year
Breast Cancer UK
Breast Cancer UK is helping to prevent the cancer, by carrying out research into why it is becoming so common and making the public aware of everyday products that may be contributing to the increase, in particular the large range chemicals found in household and beauty products. As they say, the maths speak for themselves.
If you were born before 1940, women had a 24% risk of getting breast cancer by the age of 50. If you are born after 1940 – most of us, the risk has increased to 67%. Breast Cancer UK is investing into research as to why the incidence is increasing so much. Visit their website for more information at http://www.breastcanceruk.org.uk
END POLIO NOW
Polio mainly affects children under 5 years of age. Anyone born the UK up to the early 1960’s will remember seeing children at school with leg irons on, as a result of the infection. Many children die from the disease and many that survive are paralysed for life. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented. Polio vaccine, given multiple times, can protect a child for life.
In 1982 the World Health Organisation decided to rid the world of Polio by inoculating every child. In 1984 Rotary International joined the programme and has been raising funds every year for this project. The statistics are mind boggling, in 1988 there was an estimated 350,000 cases worldwide, as a result of WHO programme supported by its partners, including Rotary International and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we were down to 74 cases in 2015.
We are now nearing the end of the project, to eradicate polio by 2017, more information can be found on the link at http://www.endpolio.org