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Get on your bike

Last updated: 2004-04-26

Craig David, one of the world’s leading R&B artists, is urging Londoners to cycle The Monopoly Bike Ride, a unique sponsored charity challenge.  The event is being organised by Norwood, a leading Children & Family Services charity in association with Down’s Syndrome Association and 95.8 Capital FM’s Help A London Child, and takes place on Sunday 12th September 2004.

The course takes cyclists through the sites of the Monopoly board. It is almost completely flat, making it ideal for novice and experienced cyclists alike.  The true-to-the-game route takes the rider across nearly twenty miles of London’s most famous landmarks including the London Eye, Admiralty Arch, Big Ben, St.Katherine’s Dock and Tower Bridge.
 
Familiar Monopoly Board squares incorporated along the way include Euston and Whitechapel Road, Fleet Street, The Strand, Northumberland Avenue, Trafalgar and Leicester Square as well as King’s Cross, Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street stations.

Talking about the event, Craig David says, “A sponsored charity bike ride cycling around London is such a great concept! The fact that Norwood is organising this event in association with Down’s Syndrome Association and 95.8 Capital FM’s Help A  London Child makes it seem even more brilliant to me.  So get on your bikes, cycle the Monopoly board and help raise vital funds for three great causes.

“I became a great admirer and supporter of Norwood’s work when I was on tour in South Africa and, backstage before my Capetown gig, I met some of the guys with learning disabilities who benefit from their services.  They were completing a 400 kilometre, five day sponsored bike ride on the back of a tandem, and it just blew me away that they were achieving so much and helping to raise so much money for a charity that cares for them.”

Cyclists can start the ride between 8.00 am and 9.30am at Marylebone Station, going at a pace that suits them.

As well as being a fun family day out, cycling the Monopoly board is a great way to safeguard the future of many vulnerable youngsters and people of all ages with learning disabilities.  The organisers of the Monopoly Bike Ride, Norwood, are one of the UK’s leading children and family services organisations supporting thousands of children, families and adults coping with learning disabilities and social disadvantage each year.

In order to pass ‘GO’, riders are being encouraged to raise a miniumum of £200 in sponsorship.  There is a small registration fee of £25 for adults and £10 for under eighteens, which includes a free T-shirt, free parking, route map and free refreshments – there’s no better way to help those who need it most and, as Norwood says, Stretch Yourself For Good!  

For more information about the Monopoly Bike Ride, or to find out more about a range of corporate site sponsorship opportunities, people should call the Norwood Challenges team on 020 8420 6834 or register online at  www.norwood.org.uk/challenges