BP Coast 2 Coast cyclists rally to help fundraise 12,000 laptops for Ukrainian children
Cyclists participating in BP’s Coast 2 Coast adventure will be helping provide 12,000 laptops for Ukrainian children.
The challenge involves cycling more than 250 miles across Scotland from Gairloch to Aberdeen from May 25 to 28.
Taking part is a group of 70 past and present BP North Sea employees who want to get on their bikes and help out.
Three local charities in the north-east will also be receiving funds.
The team anticipates raising around £120,000 which will be split between the four groups.
Aberdeenshire links to Ukraine
The decision to fundraise for Ukrainian children was made due to a connection to the country from Ythan Valley Rotary Club,
The club is twinned with Rotary Club Kharkiv International after its president Erik Avetisov moved from the Ukrainian city to Methlick with his family and started attending meetings at the Aberdeenshire club.
Club member Gary Macalister said: “When the war started in Ukraine a year ago, we decided to do something to help. We refurbished and cleaned a vacant house and a family from Mariupol moved in last June.
“Within a few weeks Erik and his family also came to the area, and he told us what his rotary club in Kharkiv was doing to support people living in the city.
“We started fundraising for laptops and heaters initially and managed to raise funds for laptops for schoolchildren to allow them to continue their studies.”
Since the war started over one year ago, 90% of schools are closed in the county and a generation of children is now at risk of growing up without an education.
Mr Macalister said: “The goal is to raise sufficient, between us and other Rotary clubs, to make sure all children identified have laptops to access schoolwork at home whilst its unsafe to attend in person.
“It’s vital children have what they need, so they don’t fall behind with their studies.”
Three charities based in the north-east will also be receiving cash from the fundraising events.
This charity works to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and young people who are affected by illness, poverty and neglect.
Part of Mental Health Aberdeen, this charity provides free one-to-one counselling to all primary schools in Aberdeen for children aged 10 to 12.
This charity supports maternity, neonatal and paediatric health services and is appealing for £2 million for a new hospital in Aberdeen.
Since it started in 2008, the bike ride has raised more than £2 million for 25 local charities.
Each cyclist has a fundraising target of £1,000, with individuals covering their own accommodation and food costs.
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