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Steve Burrowes

Power 2 Be Kenyan bike ride

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My story

[p]Some of Team Tanken 2016 are back out on the road again to support two Salesian projects in Kenya, that have a common link – bringing life-changing water and transformational renewable energy to two communities in Kenya :[/p][p]-CAFOD’s [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRkVpiXxByE]‘River Power Pod Africa Project’[/url] in Embu. For more information see the project’s [url=https://en-gb.facebook.com/RiverPowerPodAfricaProject/]Facebook page[/url][/p][p]-A solar panel project for a community in Mokuyu, Kenya[/p][p][b]Where?[/b] Our 2-day 81 m / 132 km ride (30th – 31st July) will take us from Nairobi to Embu stopping at Mokuyu at the end of day 1.[/p][p][b]Why?[/b] With 1 in 6 people still without electricity, the hopes of millions of the world’s children are all too often a distant dream - see CAFOD’s [url=https://cafod.org.uk/Campaign/Power-to-be/Energy-campaign][b]‘Power To Be’[/b][/url] campaign [/p][p]1 in 9 of the planet’s population lack access to clean, affordable water within half an hour of their homes, and every year nearly 300,000 children under five die of diarrhoea, linked to dirty water and poor sanitation - see CAFOD’s [url=https://cafod.org.uk/Give/Donate-to-CAFOD/CAFOD-s-Water-Filter-campaign][b]‘Water Filter’[/b][/url] campaign [/p][p]As a result of CAFOD’s [url=https://www.google.co.uk/search?sourceid=navclient&aq=&oq=power+to+be+cafod&ie=UTF-8&rlz=1T4RNLA_enGB513GB662&q=power+to+be+cafod&gs_l=hp...0j0i7i30j0i8i30j41.]‘[b]Power To Be’[/b][/url] campaign the [b]World Bank[/b] have agreed to invest more of their funds into [b]renewable energy projects[/b], ceasing their investment in oil and gas projects.[/p][p]The campaign called on the World Bank, [b]to shift the balance [/b]to support renewable energy which tackles poverty, so everyone can have the chance to fulfil their potential.[/p][p][b]£4000 fundraising target[/b][/p][p]Proceeds from this year’s ride will be divided evenly between the two projects, utilising renewable energy, to empower the lives of the communities they serve. Just see how lives can be transformed by [url=https://www.youtube.com/user/cafodtv][b]solar energy[/b][/url][/p][p][b]Who?[/b][/p][p]The ride has been made possible by the wonderful support given to us by Salesian communities in Kenya and the UK, who are handling all the complex logistics of the ride – pick-ups, accommodation, support vehicles.[/p][p]We, the UK riders cannot thank you enough and we hope that our efforts and all the donations we receive will help these projects realise their dreams to transform the lives of the people they serve – giving them the [b]‘[/b][url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzO6o_-fG1Y][b]power to be’[/b][/url].[/p][p]Thanks also to [url=http://www.thornleigh.bolton.sch.uk/][b]Thornleigh Salesian College[/b][/url] for being in that part of the world for their 6th form students bi-annual [url=http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/14452041.Young_people_prepare_to_travel_to_make_a_difference_in_the_world/][b]‘Project Tanzania’[/b][/url], giving me the excuse and opportunity to embark on another ride, to Alison for having me along, putting up with me and a special thanks, to Fr Chris and Sean for answering the call !![/p][p]With Sean being a Doctor and Fr Chris being a priest we’ve got both ends of the emergency spectrum covered ![/p][p]Thornleigh Salesian College’s ‘Mama Margaret’s’ project kindly supported us getting students from [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZjhTjQx8_o][b]Mokuyu[/b][/url] school into a recording studio to record their take on [b]‘It’s about time’[/b], which had been shared with them by [url=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buttg8DlMA0&feature=youtu.be][b]‘Safe Ambition’[/b][/url], Gorton, Manchester.[/p][p]The song and the young people from Mokuyu and Gorton sum up what the ride is all about – the changes we all need to make in how we treat ‘our common home’, for the benefit of future generations :[/p][p] Facebook.com/powertobe2018[/p][vmgvideo class="ql-video" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/buttg8DlMA0?showinfo=0&rel=0&iv_load_policy=3" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="true"][/vmgvideo][p][br][/p][p] The UK riders are :[/p][p] [b]Steve Burrowes[/b] - CAFOD’s Community Participation Co-ordinator in Salford [/p][p] [b]Fr Chris Gorton[/b] - parish priest of St Thomas of Canterbury & St Joseph’s in Bolton. Fr Chris was also Parish Priest of The Good Shepherd, Colne – the parish that originally embraced the Power Pod Project and who have raised an amazing amount to make it all happen. [/p][p] Steve and Fr Chris will be riding on a pair of aged but ‘classic’ bikes donated by some folk from Colne, which we’ll be leaving in Embu for the students.[/p][p] [b]Sean Desmond [/b]– frequent foolish participant in Rainhill Bike rides and ex-doctor. [/p][p] Between Fr Chris and Sean we’ll have ‘most’ emergencies covered ![/p][p] There were to be 4 UK riders but due to circumstances beyond his control the 4th rider, [b]Tony Clarke[/b], will not be able to join us. However, he will be riding the same distance – if not more – on the same days that we will be riding. Tony will be starting his ride from the CAFOD office in Chester [/p][p] [b]Saturday 28[/b][b]th[/b] - Chester to Colwn Bay[/p][p] [b]Sunday 29[/b][b]th[/b] - Colwyn Bay to Llandudno[/p][p] [b]Monday 30[/b][b]th[/b] - Return to New Brighton[/p][p] [/p][p] The band of Kenyan riders is growing by the day ! So far, we will be joined by :[/p][p] [b]George Wambaygu[/b] – Member of CAFOD’s Emergency Response Team, based in Nairobi [/p][p] [b]Maureene [/b]- and George’s fiancée [/p][p] [b]Amos Meme[/b] - FMA Social Projects – Project Development Officer [/p][p] [b]Daniel Mbau[/b] - FMA Social Projects – Social Worker [/p][p] [b]Albert Mwovi[/b] - FMA Social Projects – Social Worker [/p][p] [b]Naftaly Njoroge[/b] - FMA Social Projects - Driver[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

30 Jul 2018



Envelopes at St Thomas of Canterbury



Bob Cooper

Good man

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid


RGS members Baz and Soz

Congratulations from Baz and Soz

£40.00 plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Andy and Ann Hale

Congratulations to all

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Dr and Mrs M Desmond

Donation to a worthy cause

£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid


Rob Scott and John Hussey

Good luck Desi

£40.00 plus £10.00 Gift Aid


Jean Davies

Good Luck to Father Chris on his bike ride

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid



Thinking of you Steve and the fantastic work you do to help others, you really are s ‘man for others’. See you all soon

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid



Fab effort. Well done



Rob OH