Orega Turns to Pedal Power for Charity Fundraising Challenge

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Never let it be said that people within the business centre industry aren’t charitable.

Last week’s BCA Conference in London saw the culmination of a UK-wide fundraising effort for the Teenage Cancer Trust. Business centre operators and staff up and down the UK have been hard at work for the past six months, working towards a £25,000 target, and last week’s Conference tipped the scales in excess of £26,000.

In June, the Circle Offices team is set to leap out of a plane for Cancer Research, and Ventia is taking on a tough triathlon in July for multiple charities based in England’s South West.

There are plenty more newsworthy and downright impressive efforts going on. But is any more arduous than the calf-crunching, back-breaking effort that members of Orega and Instant Offices are preparing to tackle?

For the second consecutive year, Orega – led by cofounders Zach Douglas and Paul Finch – will embark on a mammoth cycling challenge for 1moreChild, a small Ugandan children’s charity.

Last year, Zach and team pedalled their way from Geneva to Milan for 1moreChild, braving a 350-mile route with an average of 88 miles of cycling every day. It was certainly well worth the effort, as the team raised over £10,000 for their chosen charity.

This time around, the team is cycling from Milan to Rome as part of an organised tour by Ride25, which describes this route as “rolling countryside punctuated by awesome historic cities”.

But don’t let that fool you, as this year’s route is no kinder on the legs.

Ride25 - Milan to RomeFrom 10th – 14th June, #TeamOrega will cycle through 390 miles of picturesque yet brutal Italian landscapes as part of the ‘Pioneers Challenge’, taking in the cities of Piacenza, Bologna, and Orvieto before crossing the finish line at the Vatican in Rome.

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As if that’s not enough, there is also a sweat-inducing 27,225 feet of hill climbs along the way.

Ride25 is an organisation set up by Rob Hamilton and John Readman, offering participants the chance to cycle from the UK to Australia in 25 different stages.

This year Zach will be joined by fellow co-founder Paul, Zach’s brother Tristan Douglas, John Williams of Instant Offices, Andrew Waugh and Tom Leefe (read more about them here).

Here’s what Zach, Paul and the team have to say: “The fantastic charity we are fundraising for, 1moreChild, provide children in Uganda with shelter, healthcare, education and mentoring. The reason we love supporting these guys is that 100% of the money donated goes directly to the children in need and we can see the direct result of our sponsorship.

“Our sponsorship this year has allowed 1moreChild to open 3 new homes and take on around 75 more children.”

This is a fantastic effort from Team Orega, who really are putting their money – and their muscles – where their mouth is. We wish them all the best on this challenge and we’ll be following the action (from the safety of our desks) at #TeamOrega on Twitter.com/OregaCentres.

Can you trump Orega’s mammoth effort? Let us know your fundraising plans and what you’re doing to support worthy causes.

Donations can be made online to 1moreChild here.

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