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Kiwi Cyclists to ‘Peddle’ Freedom

24/06/2016

Kiwi Cyclists to ‘Peddle’ Freedom

Tearfund is calling on Kiwis to get on their bikes to prevent women and children from being trafficked into sexual exploitation.

There are an estimated 21 million people in slavery, and around 4.5 million of those are women and children forced into prostitution. By cycling in the Tearfund Poverty Cycle, New Zealanders can help combat this trade in lives.

The Tearfund Poverty Cycle is a road relay race held on August 27 at Ardmore Airport, which pits teams of six against each other to race around a 24km circuit. Each team is divided into three pairs, who complete two laps each. It costs $200 to enter, though further fundraising, by asking friends and family for sponsorship, is encouraged.

High profile New-Zealanders entering the Poverty Cycle this year include Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Simon O’Connor MP, Columnist/Journalist Rod Oram, ironman Jamie Hunt, and media personality Petra Bagust.

Notable businesses and schools taking part this year are Ricoh, St Kentigern’s College, PWC and Beca, though anyone with a bike is encouraged to take part.

Money raised in the Poverty Cycle goes towards the prevention of women and children being trafficked in Southeast Asia and Nepal, as well as rescue and rehabilitation. A portion of the funds also goes towards a mentoring programme for vulnerable youths in New Zealand.

Last year’s Poverty Cycle saw key businesses, schools, clubs and groups of friends cycling together to raise $125,000. This enabled Tearfund’s partners to rescue more than 50 victims, charge more than 50 offenders, expand into 36 communities and educate over 700 children about the dangers of human trafficking. Fifty at-risk youth in Auckland were also provided with mentors.

For more information or to register for the challenge, go to www.povertycycle.org.nz

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