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April 12th, 2018 by

 

Thank you to everyone who has donated to our London to Africa sponsored cycle tour so far! Big shout out to Th2 Designs for their support!

 

You can spur us on by donating here: https://www.justgiving.com/…/chari…/regenerate/london2africa

Regenerate London to Africa cycle tour: Meet Roshane

April 10th, 2018 by

 
Regenerate partners with urban communities in need, with a focus on children, young people and their families. We provide opportunities to empower people to make positive changes in their lives and the lives of others. We stick by people for as long as it takes. We give encouragement and practical support to achieve their goals and transform their lives beyond their circumstance.

 
This year we wanted to do something spectacular to highlight our special relationship with Africa and show that nothing is impossible for anyone in our London community. Roshane is one of the young people from our community taking part in the sponsored London to Africa cycle tour. 

 
I got involved through co-founder Andy, but I found out about the ride through my friend Yusuf who is also taking part. I wanted to take part with the ride because it’s for a good cause. I want to help young people in my community and also  disadvantaged areas abroad.

 
I’m finding the physical training fine. The biggest challenge with the training is getting my mind as strong as my body. The biggest fear of the trip is spiders😱.

 
I’m hoping to accomplish the full challenge riding all the way from London to Africa. Hitting the donation targets for Regenerate would feel amazing.

 
To sponsor the team and find out more, visit our Just Giving page here:
http://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/regenerate/london2africa

Regenerate London to Africa cycle tour: Meet James!

April 8th, 2018 by

The Regenerate team are continuing to prepare for our impending fundraising adventure: the London to Africa cycle tour. We are not a huge professional team tour. We are a small group of young people from the Roehampton estates, along with a select bunch of Regenerate volunteers, with only our bikes, spare tyres and the spirit to succeed! Meet James, one of the volunteers raising money for Regenerate.

I knew Andy who co-founded Regenerate when we were kids.  He was the first kid I met on the school bus on the first day at secondary school.  I moved to the estate and shared a house with Andy when I was a student and when Andy was beginning to dream Regenerate up.

It’s a great cause that makes a real difference to people that have often had a tough deal in life.  I love the idea of  kids from the estates receiving opportunities to to see deprived areas in Europe and Africa and being empowered to make a difference.

My fears for the trip are numerous… feeling tired on the first day, the mountains, getting my bike nicked, knee pain, not having enough cycle clothes and realising I’m in worse shape than everyone else.

Bordeaux, France

I’m hoping to have a real adventure. I want to use this time to get some headspace from my day to day life which is so busy and achieve something that I can bore my grandkids with when I’m old. I’m really excited about riding along the west coast of France  and visiting Bordeaux. I’ve also never been to Africa – it feels like a proper journey.   

To sponsor the team and find out more, visit our Just Giving page here:
http://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/regenerate/london2africa

Regenerate London to Africa cycle tour: Meet Chris!

April 6th, 2018 by

Meet Chris, who has given up his time to drive the Regenerate team support vehicle on the London to Africa cycle tour. Regenerate’s target is to raise enough money to subsidise 100 young people from our London estates to get life changing opportunities such as volunteering trips abroad. Here is Chris’ story.

I have been living in Bournemouth for the last two years after getting clean from drug addiction. I had been involved with drugs and crime since I was very young, but I had always felt that God had a different path for me. I would say my biggest challenge so far has been the choice to move away from Birmingham and to be apart from my kids. 

 
 

Tangier in Morocco, Africa; where Chris is most looking forward to visiting

 

I will be driving the van and supporting the guys, so there’s not been that much training for me! However, I am hoping to raise money for Regenerate and to have a positive impact on someone else. I know that a few wrong choices we take early on can map your life out, so that’s why I love the Regenerate project and it feels right to join the team and help on this great trip. I am excited to reach Africa as it is somewhere I have always wanted to go!

To sponsor the team and find out more, visit our Just Giving page here:
http://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/regenerate/london2africa

Let’s do this! Watch Fun For Louis prepare for the Regenerate London to Africa cycle

April 5th, 2018 by

It’s less than 8 days until Regenerate cycle from London to Africa. Watch cycle team member FunForLouis prepare for the challenge!

Our target is to raise enough money to subsidise 100 young people from our London estates to get life changing opportunities such as volunteering trips abroad. To sponsor the team and spur us on, visit out Just Giving page:

www.justgiving.com/campaig…/charity/regenerate/london2africa

Regenerate London to Africa Cycle Tour: Meet Hassan

April 4th, 2018 by

Meet Hassan, one of the young people taking part in the Regenerate London to Africa cycle tour. Their target is to raise enough money to subsidise 100 young people from our London estates to get life changing opportunities such as volunteering trips abroad. Here is his story.

I first got involved with Regenerate last year when my mate told me about a bike ride they were doing and I was really keen to join them. We cycled from London to a volunteer centre for refugees in Calais on some old second hand bikes that had been donated to us.

I’ve grown up in Roehampton and have seen the positive effect that the guys at Regenerate have had on a lot of the young people around me, so I wanted to get involved and try to help inspire more young people from the next generation.

I usually enjoy taking part in physical challenges and pushing my body as hard as I can, but the training has been quite a challenge. Getting used to being in the saddle for such long periods of time hasn’t been easy. There have been a number of days, especially at the start and during winter, when I’ve got in from work and I’m really knackered, to then have to find the strength to go back out and do some 30-40 miles on the bike has been very tough at times.

Ronda in Spain. One of the locations which Hassan is looking forward to cycling through.

The training has gone fairly well so far, I’ve been doing a mixture of longer rides and shorter high intensity rides. Winter was a bit tough as I could never find a way to keep my toes from freezing, luckily we’re past the worst of that now. I’ve been in China the past 3 weeks and didn’t really train at all 😭 so I’ve got to really push hard this week and get myself back up to speed.

The thing I fear the most about the ride is saddle soreness!!

I’ve set myself a goal to try and ride the full distance from start to finish. I’ve never done anything like this before and although I’m reasonably fit I don’t usually cycle more than a lap of Richmond Park. I think it’s going to be more of a mental challenge and about really digging deep at times. Completing it will give me a huge sense of achievement but also I hope I can use the experience and our story to help inspire more young people and show them that anything is possible with the right mindset.

Dune du Pilat at Sunrise by Felipe Pitta

There are loads of places I’m really looking forward to seeing on the ride but there are two that I’m most excited about. The first is on the coast of France somewhere near Arcachon we’ll hopefully be passing by the biggest sand dunes in Europe, dune du pilat. From what I’ve heard it’s an amazing sight. Also on the route is Ronda in Spain which is somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. It’s a cliff top town with an amazing stone bridge built across the gorge. It looks like it could be from a film set. Cant wait!

For more information and to sponsor our team please visit our Just Giving page:

https://www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/regenerate/london2africa  

Regenerate London to Africa Cycle Tour

March 6th, 2018 by

Nothing can stop the determination of the Regenerate team as we train for our biggest challenge yet…the London 2 Africa cycle tour. This year we wanted to do something spectacular to highlight our special relationship with Africa and show that nothing is impossible for anyone in our London community.

It’s our most ambitious fundraiser yet

We are not a huge professional team tour. We are a small group of young people from the Roehampton estates, along with a select bunch of Regenerate volunteers, with only our bikes, spare tyres and the spirit to succeed!

A life changing adventure

Cycling 1300 miles from Roehampton to Tangier, we will have massive hurdles to overcome. At 75 miles a day, part of the team will cycle as a relay but others will be attempting to do it all!

Why Africa?

We send young people from our mentoring schemes in London on life changing trips to Africa, where they build schools, housing, social enterprises, establish social enterprises and create life long friendships. The impacts of these trips are huge, not only for the disadvantaged African communities, but also for Regenerate’s young people. They have a powerful positive long-term affect on individual personal development.

Regenerate brings hope to transform lives and communities.

We partner with urban communities in need, with a focus on children, young people and their families. We provide opportunities to empower people to make positive changes in their lives and the lives of others. Regenerate sticks by people for as long as it takes. We give encouragement and practical support to achieve their goals and transform their lives beyond their circumstance.

We need your support!

By sponsoring our team you will help change lives. Our target is raise enough money to subsidise 100 young people from our London estates to get life changing opportunities such as volunteering trips abroad in Africa.

So join us on our incredible journey! To find out more and to donate please visit our JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/regenerate/london2africa

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