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Paul Ostryzniuk

Virgin Strive 2018

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][url=https://www.strivechallenge.org/][i]Virgin Strive[/i][/url][i] Challenge[/i] is an international event to support the charity Big Change; a charity investing in big ideas that help young people thrive in life, not just in exams.[/p][p]These ideas are big because they tackle the root causes of problems, rather than the symptoms.[/p][p]They're projects that apply an approach to education that's similar to preventative medicine, where a healthy lifestyle is a better way to avoid illness than expensive drugs and care. As I've heard one fellow-Striver describe, it's [i]"Cheaper to nurture a strong child than fix a broken adult"[/i].[/p][p][br][/p][p]Big Change is focussing on three main problem areas outlined below. These areas are reviewed and refined, so maximum impact can be made where it's needed most.[/p][p]Big Change backs projects with the potential to drive exponential rather than incremental change, driving long-term, systemic change. They're powerful ideas in their infancy, and Big Change's backing allows them to learn, grow, and prove their impact to attract further funding and scale.[/p][p][br][/p][p][i]'Exclusion from schools'[/i], where supporting teachers as well as vulnerable children aims to reduce exclusion. It's an event that often leads to future unemployment, mental health problems and prison, costly for the individual as well as the country as a whole. [/p][p]'[i]Parents/Early Management', [/i]that aims to improve the quality and quantity of early-age interaction, leading to huge developmental impact for the rest of the child's life. 85% of brain development happens by the age 5, and additional verbal interaction at a young age makes significant progress for children.[/p][p]'[i]Supporting Teachers'[/i] is an area that looks to reverse the trend of teachers leaving the profession (currently 40% within 5 years of qualifying). By improving demonstrable training programmes, support for this large, stressed workforce will help every student in the country – and therefore every future adult also.[/p][p][br][/p][p]To raise awareness and cash for Big Change, I'll be riding from Monaco to Tignes over five days. I'll cover around 600km and climb over 14,500m. To name just a few of the climbs, I'll summit the [url=https://www.climbbybike.com/climb.asp?Col=Col-de-la-Bonette&qryMountainID=6061][i]Cime de la Bonnette[/i][/url] (2805m) and [i]Col d'Allos[/i] (2247m) on the same day, and the [url=https://www.climbbybike.com/climb.asp?Col=Col-de-lIzoard&qryMountainID=6050][i]Col D’Izoard[/i][/url][i] [/i](2360m) and [url=https://www.climbbybike.com/climb.asp?Col=Col-de-Vars&qryMountainID=6473][i]Col du Vars[/i][/url] (2109m) on the following day.[/p][p]I'll also summit possibly the most famous climb of all, the 35km long [url=https://www.climbbybike.com/climb.asp?Col=Col-du-Galibier&qryMountainID=8][i]Col du Galibier[/i][/url] (2645m), and then there's another climb of the [i]Col de L'Iseran[/i] (2764m) on the final day into Val D'Isere.[/p][p]It's more than I've ever ridden in a week before, and I'm training hard for this one. That means this challenge is much longer than five days – it's months of exhausting training and time away from family and friends.[/p][p][br][/p][p]If you have [b]£10[/b], [b]£20[/b], [b]£50[/b] or even [b]£100[/b] to spare to support this magnificent charity, please do.[/p][p]Every pound spent supporting projects with big ideas prove their effectiveness helps unlock [i]much[/i] larger future government funding. This makes your investment today worth many multiples to projects in the coming years (seriously, sometimes like 20 times more).[/p]

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Fantastic effort Paul

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Rob s

Congratulations with this achievement Paul, cracking effort!



Rob Wood

Great work Paul (if you can get it!). Best of luck with the remaining challenge

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Ben Brook

inspired by those col izoard videos - great effort!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid



Good luck

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid



£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Ian Coupland

Crack on then buddy and keep safe x

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid



Well done Paul, just watch out for those dodgy mountain folk!

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Becky Swarbrick

Pedal power!!

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Lauren Crichton

Good luck buddy!