The 2017 Cycle Challenge has raised £45k with a 'life changing' experience for those taking part to raise funds for Open Arms Malawi.
Open Arms has been providing love, shelter, food and medical care to some of Malawi’s orphaned and abandoned children since 1995. Maternal mortality rates in Malawi are some of the highest in the world and around 3 million people have no access to clean drinking water.
19 cyclists took part in this exhilarating ten-day adventure through some of Africa’s most beautiful landscape. Citrefine was delighted to have supported the cyclists on the trip having shared strong links with Malawi for many years.
The 19 cyclists met up in Lilongwe having arrived from all over the world to take part in the challenge. It was a gruelling trek with the team travelling for the first two days from Mua Mission to Mangochi. Even with flat roads the days were long and hard due to the strong heat.
A planned 'rest day' in Mangochi, saw the team cycling 30km along tracks to the village of Mtensji where Open Arms have just built a new Feeding Station and Nursery School. Here the team were lucky enough to be invited to the opening ceremony followed by a visit to Open Arms Malawi's Mangochi home.
The following 3 days from Mangochi, to Liwonde, on to Zomba and then to the finish in Blantyre were hard work for the cyclists, with very long days and big hill climbs taxing even the fittest. On reaching the finish in Blantyre they were welcomed by staff and children lining the road to the home with celebratory singing and dancing marking the end of the ride.
Judith Rudolph, Open Arms Malawi comments: "Many of the cyclists have said it was a life changing experience and currently we have raised just over £45,000 through our 2017 Cycle Challenge. We cannot thank Citrefine enough for their support."