Total double amount raised:
In June 2022, two members of Team Abana took to the saddle again. Michael Lynch Bell and Steve Wills took on the LEJOG challenge, pedalling 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) over 14 days from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise vital funds for Chance for Childhood.
Every pound raised was doubled through Chance for Childhood’s partnership with Unicef Rwanda!
Steve and I have crewed Team Abana on some epic rides raising funds for Chance for Childhood. We were privileged to be invited to the launch of the new strategy which we are so excited about and as a result decided it was time that we got on our bicycles to help Chance for Childhood achieve its new targets. We have never ridden long distance but believe that we can cover the 1,600 km (1,000 miles) from Lands End to John o’Groats in 14 days staying at B&B’s along the route. We may be mad but we like a challenge!Michael Lynch Bell, Chance for Childhood Ambassador
Every pound donated to the LEJOG challenge was doubled through Chance for Childhood’s partnership with Unicef Rwanda.
Michael and Steve raised critical funds to prevent children experiencing disabilities from being institutionalised. Orphanages are extremely harmful for children and have long lasting impacts on their health and wellbeing and ultimately denies them their right to grow up in a loving, protective family environment. Many families still believe that their children would be better off in an institution, incorrectly associating orphanages as a route out of poverty, a way to get a better education for their children or a way to avoid the stigma of living with a child with disabilities.
But through LEJOG Michael and Steve are putting a stop to this. We have identified over 6,500 children who urgently need our support. Funds raised will help thousands of children experiencing disabilities to be cared for in their homes. To ensure that children can thrive in their communities parents will receive training in communication, feeding, play and other related day to day activities.
Thank you Michael and Steve and your generous supporters! Together we can make sure that children with disabilities can live safe, happy childhoods and fulfil their potential like any other child in their community.