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[p]Christine and Keith decided to take up the 2.6 Challenge on 26thApril 2020 and cycle for 26Km to raise money for two charities – Ocean Stars Trust and The Message Trust. In total we cycled 26.55km (16.5 miles). The route and the distance are shown in the photos.[/p][p] [/p][p][b][u]Ocean Stars Trust[/u][/b]is a UK charity working in Sri Lanka that was established in 2005 following the Boxing Day tsunami of 2004. It’s mission is to identify and overcome barriers to equal opportunities for children in Sri Lanka through education and social enrichment, sharing friendship, hope and joy. Working directly with the Sri Lankan people, OST supports a [url=https://oceanstars.org.uk/community-projects-sri-lanka]wide range of projects across Sri Lanka[/url] but has a special interest in child education especially that of [url=https://oceanstars.org.uk/pre-schools-in-sri-lanka]pre-school children[/url] where there is little government support in the country.[/p][p]Sri Lanka is currently in lockdown. 75% of OST’s pre-school families rely on daily wage-earners who currently have no regular income and the 600+ children who usually attend OST pre-schools are not getting their usual daily healthy meal.OST has launched its Covid-19 Response fund. £10 will provide families with a parcel of nutritional food to last a month.[/p][p][b][u]The Message Trust[/u][/b][u] [/u]is a Christian charity sharing the good news of Jesus and the Christian faith with the hardest-to-reach young people in the most deprived areas of the UK and beyond through work in schools, prisons and communities. Working in partnership with churches and other organisations, The Message is in contact with over 100,000 young people each year through its 32 Eden teams living in local communities, its Respect Me teams and others going into schools, its 5 Message Buses – high-tech mobile youth centres – providing a safe ‘off the street’ environment for young people, over 150 hours every month mentoring, supporting and discipling those in youth institutes and prisons and its 9 social enterprises proving jobs, training and support to ex-offenders and those at risk of offending. In addition, the Message Academy trains and equips the next generation of creative evangelists and missionaries and Advance supports evangelists in more than 50 countries across the globe. In 2018, The Message was named the Best Not-For-Profit To Work For in the [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sunday_Times]Sunday Times[/url]' annual Best Companies survey.[/p][p]By supporting these two charities some of those most affected by this Coronaviris crisis both in the UK and abroad will be helped in both the short- and long-term.[/p][p]Thank you for your generosity.[/p]