Our Suits on Bikes Challenge took place on Saturday 11 May
20 cyclists took part on a lovely sunny day to cycle the 60 mile challenge around Loch Muick, Lochnagar and the Balmoral Estate. Two were dressed in dinner suits and riding a tandem which raised the bar for the others for next time.
In all over £15,000 has been raised with funds still coming in. Thank you to all who supported the cyclists.
AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMME TRANSFORMS LIVES OF DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN IN ROMANIA
Educational outcomes among children from low-income families in Western Romania have been dramatically improved by an after-school programme supported by Suits on Bikes.
Research shows that the risk of early (premature) school leaving for children in Jimbolia reduced from 45% in 2009/2010 to less than 5% in 2017/2018.
During that time, Scottish-based charity Blythswood Care extended its Talita Kum programme so that a project originally designed to help children aged 7 to 11 now continues to give them vital support as they progress through junior secondary school.
“TK2 has been a great success,” says Blythswood’s chief executive James Campbell. “Suits on Bikes have been a key part of that success as they have raised substantial support for the project’s monthly running costs.”
The brain-child of Romanian school teacher Adrian Popa, Talita Kum provides a square meal, help with homework, access to hot showers, and a full cultural programme of music, art and drama.
“How can you do your homework if you don’t have a table at home?” Adrian points out. “If you don’t have electric light? If your mum and dad can’t read or write? And how can you face going to school if you haven’t changed your clothes for a week?
“These are the challenges faced by some of the young people in our community. Suits on Bikes are transforming their lives by enabling us to employ teachers, social workers and a cook, giving these children the one-to-one attention they require, and the nutrition, too. No-one can study on an empty stomach.”
Tellingly, the children themselves simply refer to the project as the ‘cantina’. And they know they’re only allowed in if they’ve been to school that day!
• £500 will pay the cost of two meals a day for one child for a whole year
• £1,500 will pay the entire cost of the TK programme for one child for one year
• £3,000 could provide basic buildings maintenance for TK1 and TK2
• £10,000 could pay a full-time teacher’s salary
• £15,000 would cover the entire programme’s utility bills for a year
Suits on Bikes Galleries
Talita Kum Case Studies
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