Members of the UK team of Sapa Profiles, the world’s leading producer of extruded aluminium profiles, is organising a charity ‘Ride To The Sun’ cycle ride to raise money for local charity Enable Resource Centre and Tibshelf Community School’s Sri Lanka Project 2012.
On Sunday the 11th September, approximately 14 Sapa employees will take to their bikes for a gruelling 85 mile ride from Sapa’s plant in Tibshelf to Skegness, a trip that is scheduled to take an exhausting six and a half hours.
The cycle ride was initiated by Sapa employees and cycling enthusiasts Jake Richardson and Des Flintham; who discovered that an annual cycle ride was tradition at Sapa until around 15 years ago. With this news as inspiration and some keen colleagues they set about organising the event which has grown to involve 14 people, from Sapa staff to family members and will follow the same route as the old Sapa cycle ride.
The funds raised by the cycle ride will go towards helping local charity Enable Resource Centre, which offers a day service for disabled adults and older teens with learning difficulties. Funds will also be helping towards Tibshelf Community School’s Sri Lanka Project, which sees pupils and staff volunteering three weeks of their time on building projects in schools in southern Sri Lanka. Each of the pupils has been tasked with raising £1,500 to participate in the Sri Lanka 2012 trip and one of the pupils is joining the team on the ride.
Organiser Jake Richardson comments “In these difficult times we were taken back by the generosity and support of the sponsors, Sapa employees and family members who were willing to give their time and money to help these local charities. As a company Sapa has always remained focused on the needs of the local community and we eagerly anticipate reports of the impact of any monies raised.”