Ulster Cycling News

VC Iveagh Cycle for Children

Last week, four members of  the Scarva based Velo Club Iveagh participated in the vision4kids - Long Way Home cycle challenge, fundraising for proverty stricken children in Kenya.  Davy, Mark, Dan and Jonny cycled a gruelling 365 mile lap of Northern Ireland via costal routes over a three day period. Day one route was from Dungannon to Belfast covering 133 miles via Armagh, Newry, Kilkeel, Newcastle, Portaferry, Bangor, Newtownards with an overnight stop at the Corrs Corner Hotel. Day two was hilly 129 miles from Belfast to Londonderry via Larne, Cushendall, Cushendun, over Torr Head, Ballycastle, Bushmills, Portrush, Portstewart, Castlerock .  The third and final day covered 103 miles from Londonderry to Dungannon via Strabane and Enniskillen.  The VC Iveagh boys all enjoyed the challenge, the breath taking route and many new friends have now been made. Between them, the four raised over £4000 towards the vision4kids LongWayHome charity event and would like to thank all those who kindly donated to this worthy cause.

The vision4kids team and Long Way Home organisers have been overwhelmed by the generosity and support from all the riders who were fundraising for this event.  Through all the hard work of the 45 cyclists who completed the 365miles around Northern Ireland the current total raised is £21,000.  This has exceeded all expectations and careful consideration will be given as to how the funds will be used.  As the vision4kids team are all volunteers and cover running costs by via other supporters it means that 100% of all donations made to the Long Way Home event will go directly to projects working amongst the boys and girls. These projects are in a small Kenyan village called Kiambururu in central Kenya where a vision4kids team member and local man called Samson leads the work.


As a Christian children's charity it is the team's aim to show God's love through practical supporting and giving focusing on Education, Health and Poverty relief.  In Kiambururu the team work very closely with four primary schools and have been able to help through providing uniforms, shoes, Bibles and books; installing water tanks to collect rain water for drinking; repairs and maintenance; extra tuition for some of the children; supporting a school meals programme; conducting Bible lessons and RE classes and in addition to these items have set-up a child sponsor programme for some of the poorest and orphaned of the village.
The funds from the Long Way Home event will be used on the following: new school uniforms and shoes, the construction of two new classrooms at Blessed Hill Academy and a new roof on the existing buildings, the school meals programme for 50 children at Kiambururu Primary school for the next 12 months, new water tanks to collect rain at Blessed Hill Academy. Mithandi and Njuno Primary schools.

Without the cyclists, organisers, supporters and those who donated vision4kids would not be able to complete the desired projects which impact the lives of some many needy children in Kenya.  God willing the team plan to run the cycling event again next year as Long Way Home 2015.  The team are considering possible local projects in Northern Ireland which could be funded.  Continue to keep up to date HERE

Well done to all the members of VC Iveagh and riders from other clubs who took part in this challenge for such a worthy cause.

Marian Lamb


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  1. Just would like to add,….Davy, Mark, Dan & Jonny! – You guys are an absolute credit to ‘Velo Club Iveagh’. Huge respect for your club…..True Gentlemen, great cyclists, and now ‘best buds for life’

    Thank-you so, so much for all your hard efforts, commitment and determination to raise funds for ‘Vision4Kids’ – This was a fantastic fundraiser and a great cycling challenge to boost! The Teamwork and the camaraderie was top class, such a bond between each rider that entered…..really special.

    We look forward to planning next years ‘Long Way Home – Event’ and hope that many other cyclists will rise to this epic challenge as well.

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