12 May 2016

Pedal power! Team Mere Green calls for community volunteers to saddle up for ‘Ride2Rio’

It’s spin a great year for community-minded primary school, Mere Green, which is planning a 24-hour sponsored cycle this summer in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The outstanding academy is calling on the pedal power of local volunteers and organisations to meet its Olympic-sized fundraising efforts as children, staff, parents and governors ‘Ride2Rio’ on July 7 and 8– while still remaining in the saddle in Mere Green.

The school is looking for kind-hearted volunteers to form part of a community based team to keep a bike’s pedals moving for a period of 24 hours, starting at 3pm on Thursday July 7, going through the evening and finishing at 3pm on Friday July 8.  Alternatively, if an organisation would like to keep a bike going all on their own, this can also be arranged.

‘Ride2Rio’ – which will take place at the front of the school – is expected to be one of the highlights of the year for the Mere Green community. Support is already on board from one of Team Great Britain’s main sponsors, Fitness First, and the school aims to involve as many community members as possible. Fitness First has loaned the school spin bikes for the event, with children from Years 6 to nursey completing a time specific challenge on either their own bikes, school balance bikes (courtesy of Kick Start Academy), or the spin bikes.

Organiser Steven Hale, Senior Learning Mentor and Lis Blizzard, teaching assistant and community enhancement leader, said:

We’re all excited about ‘Ride2Rio’. There’s a real buzz in the air, with all of our school community keen to get on their bikes and ride for charity, it’s a massive opportunity to raise money for a hospital that has helped provide a huge difference to so many children’s lives. The School Council group were the ones that came up with the initial idea and met staff from the Birmingham Children’s Hospital to explore how their efforts will have an impact on the service that is provided.”

This will be a sponsored event with all collected money going to Birmingham Children’s Hospital to help children in our city and internationally who are facing so many difficult or life-threatening challenges.

We are hoping that people, businesses groups and other organisations in the area can help us create some great memories and raise money for a much needed cause.“

Event sponsorship forms will be handed out by Mere Green Primary School in collaboration with Birmingham Children’s Hospital, with sponsorship requested for a “set period of time spent cycling” on the bike, rather than “per mile” covered.

To take part in the event, or for further information, please contact either Steve Hale or Liz Blizzard

by Monday May 23. shale@meregrn.bham.sch.uk lblizzard@meregrn.bham.sch.uk  or on the school telephone number: 0121 308 1384.