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The Rising Sun Cycle

2 team members

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

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Team story

[p][url=https://www.farsidestudio.com/risingsuncycle/]See the team website, latest updates, and sign up for the adventures in your inbox.[/url][/p][p]Throughout 2019, two young British cyclists, Rob Nichols and Harry Horner, will be [b]cycling more than 20,000 KM[/b] East to the 'Land of the Rising Sun, in order to raise money to harness the sun's energy for the [url=http://www.lotuschild.org/]Lotus Children's Centre in Mongolia[/url]. [b]100% of all proceeds will go to the orphanage.[/b][/p][p]Having witnessed the determination of the support workers and surrogate parents on a previous visit, we want to endorse that commitment with a small gesture of our own. Through your sponsorship, we plan to fund a Solar PV and Solar Thermal system to replace a dirty coal burner for this established and life saving orphanage and greater family.[b] [/b][/p][p][b]To provide cheap sustainable energy to a disadvantaged future generation fulfils our joint goals:[/b][/p][p]- By adapting to solar power the centre will be able to release vital funds that will be diverted into the children's health, welfare and education giving them a greater chance of an independent and viable future.[/p][p]- To demonstrate that there is an urgent need for the sake of our Earth and future generations to find cleaner and more sustainable Energy resources ...and to prove that even in some of the most polluted, impoverished and remote parts of the planet ...[/p][p][b]IT CAN BE DONE! [/b][/p][p][i]Please read on for further project rationale, calculations and details.[/i][/p][p][i]-[/i][/p][p][b]The Ride[/b][/p][p]Harry will be riding the full width of the Eurasian land mass: starting on Dingle Head in the far West Coast of Ireland on the 15th of Feb, meeting Rob in Istanbul, and then finishing in Japan's North-Eastern Island of Hokkaido at the end of the year. [/p][p]All in all the total cycled distance is around 22,000 km. A pound sterling for every kilometre, and we estimate that Lotus can be near-self sustaining for heat and electricity. We have an agreed corporate donor that will double our fundraising for the first £10K, so every pound you give at the start means two in Mongolia![/p][p]We will be staying nights in a tent, on the sofas of kind strangers, and maybe even on the beds of friends - and friends-of-friends twice removed. If you know welcoming people on or remotely near our route (see photo below), who could be interested in hosting or helping us in any way (or if you just have excellent recommendations): please get in [url=http://mailto:royhorner8@gmail.com/]contact here[/url] and turn a roll-mat into a mattress![/p][p]-[/p][p][b]Raising the Sun for Lotus[/b][/p][p]In planning this trip, neither of us felt we could pass up this opportunity to raise money, and do the most good we could with it. Whilst selecting the charity, we pooled advice on maximising impact from people involved in [url=https://www.effectivealtruism.org/]effective altruism[/url], the Department for International Development DFID, and academia. The consensus decision to do the most good was to find a small, but highly efficient and effective, charity that worked in improving health and education outcomes for disadvantaged children. [/p][p]"I (Harry) had first visited and raised money and kit for the orphanage in Mongolia in 2013, on the first international rugby tour of the country. It had been the team's tour highlight, and its abiding atmosphere of love and care in abundance remained long in the memory."[/p][p]By reaching out again to the UK foundation, we established that [url=http://www.lotuschild.org/projects/upcoming-projects/]highest on the Charity's wish-list[/url] was to find a sustainable path in lowering the Centre's energy costs. This project worked perfectly with our high impact ambition, [b]since the Lotus Trust has zero running costs - no paid staff[/b]; the auditor gives his services for nothing; and the bank (Coutts & Co) does not charge for maintaining our account. We could be sure that every penny of our fundraising would go directly for the benefit of the children. [/p][p]The sustainability aspect of the project completed our strong desire to also have an environmental impact. Finally, the orphanage is actually en route for us, so we plan to go and stay at their guest house and help explain to the children the idea of the project in person![/p][p]Harry has worked in solar energy in developing countries for the last few years with [url=https://climate-connect.com/]Climate Connect[/url], and so could help closely manage the project development. [/p][p][br][/p][p][b]Ongoing Progress:[/b][/p][p][br][/p][p]After reaching out to a wider group of Mongolian solar project developers, I am taking initial quotes from a shortlist of two: [url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/munkhbaatar-ulziibaatar-83354364/]Green Solar Energy LLC[/url] and [url=https://www.linkedin.com/in/erdene-ochir-khurelbat-87a7a6155/]Solar Tech LLC[/url] (see hyperlinks for PoC LinkedIn). I will continue with this planning whilst cycling, will aim to meet the developers whilst in Mongolia, and I then aim to have oversight and contracted accountability of the project development itself until its completion.[/p][p]Of the two Solar Tech has been more pro-active, has visited the Centre, and from this sized and costed a 30kv solar PV installation that falls within our budget (fundraising target) of approximately $30k. [b]This installation ought to reduce daytime electricity cost by 80-95% between April and November and reduce 60-70% from November to April[/b]. Furthermore, Erdene, the project manager at Solar Tech, has agreed to[b] do this project at cost without margin or taking salary for managing the project [/b]- he too was incredibly inspired when visiting the Centre. [/p][p]However, this leaves the modernisation of the ancient coal heating system out of budget for our current target. Erdene also identified several low hanging fruits in heat and electricity efficiency that would further reduce cost, such as improved insulation and kitchen devices. Whilst these may not be the most 'marketable projects' for the Centre, their combined effect on the Centre's operating finances and thus their ability to finance care for more children would be remarkable.[/p][p][br][/p][p][b]?Lotus under the Sun[/b][/p][p]The above focuses on our cycling and fundraising efforts, but does not emphasise at all the beautiful story of hope and humanity that is the Lotus Children's Centre.[/p][p]The below text is from [url=http://www.lotuschild.org/]their website[/url], whilst the story of [url=http://www.prout.org/pna/mongolian-street-children.html]this article[/url] will move the heart.[/p][p]Founded in 1995 by Didi Ananda Kalika, the Lotus Children’s Centre has been up and running for over 20 years. Didi (which means Sister), who trained with Ananda Marga as a yoga and meditation teacher, came to Mongolia in the early 90’s to teach yoga and meditation, was moved by the plight of the children on the streets of Ulaanbaatar. [b]Starting from a single apartment Lotus has grown to having housed, fed, cared for and educated hundreds of children.[/b] The age of the children in our care today ranges from a few months old up to 18 years.[/p][p]From providing basic care for vulnerable and abused children, Lotus has now developed and also focuses on providing a good education, independence and life skills training to secondary school children as well as continuing to provide primary care. In Mongolia family links are very important in growing-up and becoming an adult. These links are used to find work and accommodation, to fund university and for every kind of support. Orphans in Mongolia receive very little support from the government after turning 18. Lotus focuses on ensuring that the children who have lived in care since they were babies have a good chance at life, so we endeavour to support them into young adulthood for as long as support is required, much like a normal family."[/p]
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Jul 16, 2019

Angela and David Lane

Another donation to wish you Happy Birthday Harry - keep writing the blogs !

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 16, 2019

Ian and Fran Lovett

For Peter Sanderson RIP

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 15, 2019

Lizzie J

I am reading about your travels with absolute awe, Harry, and a little envy at your freedom and ability to take on such a challenge! I completely understand any Mum-based anxieties, so stay safe until you reach your destination.


Jul 15, 2019


£150.00 plus £37.50 Gift Aid

Jul 15, 2019


Keep powering on, you two, you got this!


Jul 13, 2019



Jul 13, 2019

George and Karine Luckraft

Great effort and cause.

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Jul 9, 2019


Harry - Your Grandad would be proud.

£20.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Jul 3, 2019

Mary Nott

Hi Rob and Harry I'm inspired by your efforts! Well done. With love from Jane's friend, Mary Nott

£200.00 plus £50.00 Gift Aid

Jun 28, 2019

Debbie Robertson


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