The Thrupp based duo have both recently been working in London and are cycling the 125 miles back home in an effort to raise £1,500 for the development charity ‘VSO’. The couple have been offered a two year placement with VSO in Uganda where they will see first hand how the money is spent on education.
The duo are hoping to not only raise money, but also awareness about education in developing countries.
Commenting, Anya said, “When I was growing up I took the fantastic facilities and teachers at local schools in Stroud for granted. I passionately believe that everyone, wherever they live, should have access to the same high quality education that I had in Stroud. I hope to get Stroud’s residents thinking about kids in other countries who don’t have the same opportunities that there own children and grandchildren do.”
Human rights worker Steve added, “Having access to education is a basic human right that sadly is not always realised. In Uganda for example, one in five kids are not enrolled to begin with and then a further sixty six percent will drop out of basic schooling”.
He continued, “Not everyone can give up years of their lives to go and volunteer on the other side of the world. But everyone can help make a difference. By donating money to development charities like VSO you can help kids get the education they need and deserve. We have set up a fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/anya-steve – any donation, from a few pence to a few pounds, really does make a difference”.
Notes to editor.
- ·For further information about VSO see http://www.vso.org.uk/
- ·Photo provided of Anya Whiteside and Steve Hynd on their bikes
Contact: Mobile: Anya Whiteside 07527905560 or Steve Hynd 07583490852