Box Technologies, a fast-growing technology services provider and distributor for Toshiba, has been putting the final touches to the planning of its 500-mile grueling charity bike ride. A 9-strong dedicated team of amateur and novice cyclists will cycle between Hollandand Oxfordshire in 10 days, covering 800kmsof North European terrain, to raise money for three charities. The 'Prime Movers Against Disorders 2010' charity bike ride will start in The Hook of Holland on 3 September and end at Box Technologies' offices in Oxfordshire on 12 September.
The Euro leg passes through Netherlands, Belgium and France, and then on to sections of the North Sea Trail and The War Trail. The UK leg starts at Dover and passes through Central London to end in Oxfordshire. Box Technologies' Production Manager Graeme Laws will be celebrating his 40th birthday in style by travelling on a reconditioned 1930's Eagle tandem bicycle.
The team have chosen three charities, each one striking a chord with their friends and families: Diabetes UK, Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, and The Dyslexia Association. The team can be sponsored through Virgin Money Giving and donations will be quickly processed and passed to charities. Virgin Money Giving is a not-for-profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this.
"The event should be hard work, great fun and is a brilliant way to keep fit, but it is important to remember the main reason we are doing it," said Dave Taylor, Customer Services Manager, Box Technologies. "If the donations can make even a small difference to our three chosen charities, then that would be fantastic. Our colleagues have been very generous with sponsorship money and we are focusing all our efforts into raising a total of 5,000."
"Most of us involved in the charity cycle work for Box Technologies and have provided many of the resources for this event. Northgate Vehicle Hire has also generously provided transport to and from the ferry terminals, and we have been very lucky to have secured the services of SPIUK in creating customised cycle wear. At the end of a hard day's riding we look forward to relaxing and would like to thank the Dog and Bear in Lenham for offering us a good night's sleep and a big breakfast to get us on our way."
Day 1 - EAGLE HAS LANDED DAY: Hook of Holland to Rotterdam (15km gentle glide into the City)
Day 2 - INDUSTRIAL HEARTLAND DAY: Rotterdam to Bergen Op Zoom (80km of beautiful Dutch manufacturing facilities, stretching over the horizon, into the distance)
Day 3 - ISLAND HOPPING DAY: Bergen op Zoom to Domburg (75km of stunning coastal views through the heart of the Netherlands province of Zeeland)
Day 4 - NORTH SEA TRAIL DAY: Domburg to Bruge (85km of brisk North Sea Trail japery lay ahead)
Day 5 - BEER TRAIL DAY: Bruge to Ghent (50km of important research into the parallel histories of bicycling and brewing in Belgium)
Day 6 - WAR TRAIL DAY: Ghent to Ypres (60km of flat riding through one of the most stimulating historical regions of Europe)
Day 7 - POST WAR TRAIL DAY: Ypres to St. Omer (60km of pedal power through the Flemish province of Flanders - a high diddly-dandy ride)
Day 8 - BACK TO BLIGHTY DAY: St. Omer to Calais to Dover to Lenham, Kent (66km Onion side and a further 53km Roast Beef side)
Day 9 - GOD SAVE THE QUEEN DAY: Lenham to Buckingham Palace to Heston (98km of fun in the city - sounds like a capital idea)
Day 10 - ROAD TO VICTORY DAY: Heston to Thame (70km of Chiltern Hills hilarity, ending with a rapturous reception back at Box Technologies)
Box Technologies has raised almost 1,600.00 so far and has a target of 5,000. To make a donation, please visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/donate/makeDonationForFundraiserDisplay.action?fundraiserActivityId=42418