PRLog - Aug. 21, 2014 - WINCHESTER, U.K. -- Gerry O’Keefe, a Trustee of Trinity Winchester, the local charity which supports homeless and other vulnerable people, is cycling 230 miles from London to Paris to raise money for Trinity, and is seeking sponsorship from the local community.
Trinity Winchester - Gerry O'Keefe London 2 Paris
Gerry, who lives in Winchester, will be cycling the gruelling route in three days and hopes to raise at least £2,500. He explains his reasons for taking part. “When I joined Trinity two and a half years ago, one of the impressive aspects of our support for people who are vulnerably housed, homeless, or sleeping rough on the streets of Winchester was the provision of a wide range of education services. Skills development and qualifications can help people change their lives. Self esteem, wellbeing, and employment prospects are all greatly enhanced through education in all its forms.
“Every year we deliver over 800 classes and skill groups ranging from Basic Literacy to Preparing for Employment, all of which are underpinned by technology. Sadly our IT infrastructure is beyond its effective life. So we need to invest in new hardware and software which will cost around £2,500.
“Please support me generously – every pound you give will go towards the essential new infrastructure which will enable us to continue to deliver our life changing education programme.
You can donate online now at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/
Gerry completed this challenge five years ago, and thought it was time for a repeat performance. He has been training hard, cycling between 100 and 150 miles per week. He’s recently completed the 75 mile Meon Valley Monster Ride and in early September will be doing another 75 mile event in Dorset in preparation.
Gerry and his team mate Tim Day will be departing from London on 17th September, arriving at the Arc de Triomphe on 19th September. They will stop overnight at Newhaven, Gournay and Paris, returning on Eurostar on 20th September.
To find out more about Trinity’s vital work, please visit www.trinitywinchester.org.uk or call Trinity on 01962 842827.
Trinity Winchester is a charity supporting homeless and other vulnerable people in the city of Winchester. Trinity addresses the effects of homelessness and vulnerability through specialist practical and emotional support, and proactive prevention, empowering positive change.