A group of students and some staff members are attempting to cycle 364.4 miles (north to south of Ukraine) in 12 hours to raise money for the Ukraine Appeal run by Save the Children.

The students from the three-year Primary Education course wanted to do something to support the Ukrainian children that are at risk as the conflict continues.

The ‘BGU Cycle for Ukraine’ challenge will begin at 9am just inside Hardy Building on two static bikes, with students needing to cover 30 miles every hour to reach their target of 364.4 miles by 9pm.

Around 15 third year students and five members of staff have agreed to take part throughout the day, and the progress will be shared on BGUs Instagram account.

The bikes have been loaned from the BGU sports centre and the catering team will be providing refreshments for the 15 third year students and five members of staff that have signed up to take part throughout the day.

Save the Children’s Ukrainian crisis response aims to reach 3.5m vulnerable children and their families through distributing supplies, providing assistance for basic needs such as food, rent and medicine and offering vital mental health and psychosocial support.

Dave Wallace, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, said: “Like many people we’ve been watching the conflict in Ukraine unfold, and we all wanted to do something to help. Sporting activities like this are a great way to bring people together.

“I want to thank everyone that has donated their money, time and legs to this cause, we started with a target of £250 and thanks to everyone’s incredible support we’ve already more than tripled that.”

If you’d like to donate to ‘BGU Cycle for Ukraine’, find the link at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bgu4ukraine

25th March 2022

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