15 cyclists, including two charity committee members of the Guardian Angel Foundation, will be undertaking a sponsored cycle ride from the Portugal border to Gibraltar in order to raise funds and awareness for the charity.
The Guardian Angel Foundation was set up in 2013 with the intention of improving the standards of care and living for local children affected by genuine financial distress or suffering from any illness or disability which impairs their physical or mental well-being. The Charity aims to provide financial or other support to any institutions which provide care, support or services to children in need.
The ride this week said one of the organisers, is extrmely challenging and will be done over three days starting on Friday 14 to Sunday 16 of this month.
Day one will see the team attempt Ayamonte to Aznalcazar – approximately.135 km, on day two Aznalcazar – Paterna de Rivera – approximately. 135 Km and day three from Paterna de Rivera to Gibraltar, approximately 90 Km.
“We can then hopefully aim to get to Gibraltar for around 1.30 – 2pm on Sunday. Our finish line will be at Ocean Village where supporters will be waiting to greet us. Anyone wishing to join us at the finish and assist with fundraising are most welcome,” said a spokesperson.
“We have already worked on and delivered some substantial projects for the community over the past few years, the most recent being a refurbishment of the Rainbow Ward Playroom and including a new Sensory Room at St Bernard’s Hospital.”
The charity has also identified several projects which the Charity is extremely eager to materialise. It is currently liaising with Cancer Relief Centre to construct a children’s playground at its premises so that children can play in an enjoyable environment whilst their parent/guardian is receiving treatment. The cost of this project is around £10,000.
“Our largest partner, the Ocean Village and Atlantic Suites Health Clubs, will assist (via third party sponsorship) with the overnight stays along the 360km route. This means that 100% of the funds collected will be channelled directly to the charity.”
The charity also seeks to fund activities which may benefit children and make their lives happier with less worry, which really is what childhood should be all about.
“This Charity, unlike others, will not accumulate long-term funds in its bank account waiting for a project or cause. It will specifically find projects to fund and complete, and therefore always have a focus and reason to improve the life of children in need.”
To this end, the spokesperson said, the charity had established a close working relationship with the Government to help guide them in their projects so that their help has a maximum impact on the children who most need it.
“In effect, every penny raised is used solely for the projects that have been identified. Therefore, all administrative and other costs associated with running the charity will be met
The charity’s bank details is: NatWest Gibraltar, Account Name: The Guardian Angel Foundation, Account Number: 48033057, Sort Code:606060. IBAN:GI79NWBK 060606048033057. BIC/SWIFT Code: RBOSGIGI
Cheques can also be made payable to “The Guardian Angel Foundation”.