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Wasps FC youngsters' cycle for charity

This summer, two young Wasps FC players are taking on a huge cycling challenge in aid of the Serge Betsen Academy and the French Red Cross

The two young Wasps players (under 14 and under 16) and one accompanying adult are riding their bikes for nearly 2,000 miles from Hungary to London then back to France, in aid of Serge Betsen Academy and the French Red Cross. All three will cycle unaccompanied and will carry all their own kit and camping equipment!

The journey will be split into two parts. On June, 1st 2013, Robert Guyot (67) will follow the Eurovelo 6 cycle route all the way to Constanta in Romania. The Eurovelo 6 Atlantic-Black Sea circuit is one of the 14 routes and is the only one mapped out by the European Federation of Cyclists in 1994 and follows three of the largest rivers in Europe: the Loire, the Rhine and the Danube.

On his way back from Constanta, Robert will cycle to Budapest where he will meet Fabrice Lavenir (16) and William Price (14); on July, 7th all three will set off by bike on their journey back to London. They are due to arrive in London at the end of July and from there will continue to Moulins in France which they expect to reach in early August.

Robert will cycle around 4,890 miles and in total he will travel through 11 countries, whilst Fabrice and William will cycle around 1,960 miles and pass through six countries.

Serge Betsen Academy

The Serge Betsen Academy (SBA) came about when Serge returned to his native country, Cameroon. After 18 years in France, Serge returned to his homeland and discovered to his amazement that they play rugby there too!
The Charity was subsequently created in 2004, based on the following objectives:

  • To introduce rugby to underprivileged children in Cameroon
  • To use rugby to teach values to the children
  • To support the children's education and provide access to basic healthcare.

The Moulins division of the French Red Cross: Lurcy-Lévis team.

The main work carried out by the local divison of Lurcy-Levis is to fight against the isolation of the elderly. Their aim is to alleviate the isolation and and loneliness experienced by many elderly people.

  • The volunteers have one serious problem - they have to travel a total of 110 miles/180km in one day in order to collect a Red Cross vehicle which they will then have to drive to visit the elderly in the surrounding areas.
  • This is why the funds raised by the cycle ride (shared between the Lurcy-Lévis Red Cross delegation and the Serge Betsen Academy) would go towards buying a vehicle for the team of volunteers from Lurcy.
  • This would allow the volunteers to be more autonomous in their visits and would allow them scope to develop the activities available for the elderly.

For more information and details on how to donate and support the ride click here