Starting out on Tuesday 6th June 2017, John Mainwaring and a small team of riders are cycling 950 miles from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, to raise £25,000 for Tearfund’s relief work across the Middle East.
Moved by the plight of refugees across the war torn parts of the Middle East, John, a cyclist from Llanarmon yn Ial, will be joining his friends, Trevor Stephenson from Chester and John Richards (Minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Mold) in fundraising for Christian relief and development agency, Tearfund.
Tearfund are a Christian aid and development agency, following Jesus to the places of greatest need to respond to disasters and help communities to overcome poverty. Across the Middle East, millions of people are suffering. In Syria and Iraq millions have fled their homes to escape the terrifying brutality of Islamic State (IS) militants. Despite security risks, Tearfund are at work on the ground supporting families who urgently need access to safe water, shelter and vital essentials.
'Every £32 we raise can provide two families with hygiene kits, providing essentials such as soap, washing up liquid, shampoo and toothpaste for two months,' says John. 'And every £80 can provide a whole community with a water tank, giving a continuous supply of safe water and keeping families safe from the spread of water-borne disease. My target is to raise £25,000, enough to provide hygiene kits for 135 families for a year as well as 150 community water tanks.'
As well as meeting urgent needs, Tearfund's staff and church partners around the world are passionate about working with communities long-term – building resilience, and empowering families to work their way out of poverty, permanently. For more information about Tearfund go to www.tearfund.org or for press enquiries please call Tearfund's press office on 0208 943 7849.
John has been gathering sponsorship for the past few weeks and has raised over £700 so far. The ride is self-funded so everything raised goes to Tearfund. In a symbol of solidarity with Middle Eastern refugees, the ride will be helped on its way, with three overnight stops with church groups in England (Keynsham), Wales (Llandrindod Wells) and Scotland (Inverness).
John will be posting images and updates on the team’s progress during the ride on Facebook as it unfolds.
People wishing to make a donation can do so by visiting the ride’s JustGiving page.