A brisk and chilly morning proved to be no match for St Richard’s Catholic College pupils Louis Byrne and Archie Connor as they braved the cold to cycle 29 miles to support their chosen charity SOS Children.
The boys, who are both in year 8, set off at 8am on Saturday October 10 on their quest to raise money and awareness for the children’s charity, which provides support for families and orphans in the poorest areas of Cambodia.
At 11.30am Louis and Archie had completed their feat - 18 laps of Bexhill seafront. It left them cold, exhausted but rightly proud of their achievement. Louis acknowledged that the event “was a challenge.” But ultimately, he was quick to add: “We knew we could do it and that we could make our friends, families and school proud.”
It costs £1 to feed one child for a week so every penny raised will make a huge difference to countless lives. As Archie commented after the event, “I find it amazing that I know I have helped children of all ages around the world.”
A school spokesperson said: “As a community, St Richard’s always aims to promote the ideal of charity and good works and the pupils have done the school proud with their impressive achievement.”
Their commitment and perseverance has already managed to raise over £500 in sponsorship and they are continuing to collect this week.
When asked why they decided to take on such a tough challenge, the boys said that they were very keen to do something to help those less fortunate and, in doing so, to support a less well-known charity desperately in need of funds.
The SOS charity has been helping the world’s most vulnerable children and families for over 65 years.
If you would like to know more about the work of SOS Children visit www.soschildrensvillages.org.uk/ for more information.
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