Dick Venables


Dalit Freedom Network
Dalit Freedom Network UK is a trafficking prevention organisation working on behalf of Dalits (Untouchables), Adivasis (indigenous tribespeople) and other poor and marginalised communities - in India. India has more than four times as many modern day slaves as any other country in the world. 9 in 10 victims are Dalits. We work to expand and develop the capacity of our Indian partners to prevent human trafficking and modern slavery in India, particularly among Dalits, Tribals and other poor and marginalised communities. They do this through education, economic empowerment and healthcare as well as bespoke anti-trafficking programmes. We particularly focus on tackling the Jogini system of ritual sex slavery in southern India. We also raise awareness in the UK about the issue in India and work with people of influence to address the problems. Help us to FREE A CHILD, FREE A WOMAN, FREE A COMMUNITY.
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Grandad Goes Over The Top

Dick Venables

My page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DickVenables

I am 85 and I'm a great-grandfather!

Last year I cycled over 200 miles from Stafford across the hills of Wales to St David's to raise more than £13,000 to help at-risk girls in rural India.

This year I am cycling in the reverse direction over a higher route. I want to raise even more to help Dalit Freedom Network to build a bigger refuge shelter so that another 60 girls can be helped to escape lifetimes of exploitation and abuse.

Check out my short video about Grandad Goes Over The Top here.

Please help me achieve my target of £10,000!

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Thanks to generous donors we have been able to secure match-funding so whatever you sponsor will be doubled!

Follow my progress on my Facebook Page. 

Update: Dick has completed the ride, resuming the route from where he literally went 'over the top' of the handlebars and sustained damage to his wrist earlier in the summer!

PLEASE ENCOURAGE DICK by sponsoring him as he demonstrated his bravery and determination by completing the ride!

Recent donors


11.09.17 Congratulations on completing your bike ride and raising an amazing amount for this deserving charity. Barb and Phil xx

11.09.17 Fight a good cause, love your fellow man, live a good life. Dick Venables.

08.09.17 Good luck

06.09.17 Well done Uncle Dick...and for a very worthwhile cause.





02.09.17 Well done you....behind u all the way x

02.09.17 Amazing! We are so proud of you, love from Carran and Steve Challinor x

01.09.17 And this time, please DON'T "Go Over The Top"! Safe journey Dick, you are unstoppable

14.08.17 Sorry to read about the accident. I know you'll pick up again when you are fit. Best wishes.

01.08.17 Your are a true inspiration and good luck.....best wishes Sue Brisco

21.07.17 Good luck,

17.07.17 Hoping your recovery is complete before too long and you can complete the challenge in September. Whether you do or not, we are happy to support your cause.

10.07.17 Best wishes for your journey, a terrific effort


07.07.17 Good luck from all at the NFU at Market Drayton

06.07.17 What a role model! Good Luck!


05.07.17 Well done Dick Hope it goes well

05.07.17 Pedal Grandad pedal!

05.07.17 You are an inspiration, ,may the good Lord richly bless your effort.



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