Pedal for a good cause
Athletes, Associations, Town, Sanctuary of Lourdes and Institutional have decided to organize a big charitable cyclist event “VELO FOR KIDS”.
As concerned and responsible cyclists, we thought of the many children coming to Lourdes with a disability. Thus, part of the funds raised during the event will be used to finance wheelchair-bikes for different associations.
The charitable vocation of the event is declined on 3 bases:
- ENJOY a cycling event that is both sporty, fun and friendly.
- ALLOW children with disabilities to live an great experience in the Pyrenees.
- FINANCING wheelchair-bikes so that children with disabilities benefit from a clever and original means of locomotion.
© Zoom Photo Tourmalet
Every beginner, amateur cyclist or confirmed athlete can try to surpass himself by trying to beat his own challenge.
With a main departure from Lourdes, the goal is to climb to Luz-Ardiden, a legendary ascent of the Tour de France with no less than 9 arriving at the top and the culmination of the 18th stage of the 2021 Tour de France.
The goal ? To exert oneself, to make sport, and to share a moment of conviviality for one and the same cause: Children with a disability.
This COVID crisis acts as an indicator of our fragility, both personal and collective, but it also invites us to put society “in the right direction”, by upholding the values of service and commitment.
Vélo for Kids is aware of its societal role. Our association, which brings together a multitude of various actors around a sporting and solidarity project, wants to contribute to it in an even more active way, by acting directly.
What a success for all of us if, despite the coronavirus crisis, we allow disabled children to experience a moment of freedom! Honestly, we owe it to them, after this time of confinement. It will also be an opportunity to show our gratitude to the nursing staff and those who look after the most vulnerable.
We are counting on you and your support. We are counting on your commitment and your friendship.
The association has decided for the 2021 charity action to proceed with the financing of wheelchair-bikes which will be made available to different associations. (The wheelchair-bike is a brilliant solution combining a bike with a wheelchair attached to the front. The advantage of this system: it avoids the transfer of the disabled person who can use his own chair). This material will be used for the transport of children (by their companion) with one of the 4 handicaps for their movements.
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The word from the Sponsor
Christian Prudhomme (Tour de France Director).
It gives me great pleasure to be the sponsor of “Vélo for Kids” event.
In many ways, cycling is a bountiful and unselfish sport. Whether you are competing in the Tour de France or a hobby cyclist, conquering a climb involves pushing yourself to the limits. Cycling also allows you to escape, to discover the area, to admire the beauty and diversity of the landscape. Cycling, pedalling, whatever your pace, whatever your level, is a great opportunity to refocus, to meet and smile at others. Most importantly we share these values with Lourdes, the international centre of spirituality open to all. They take shape here particularly, in this Pyrenean backdrop, on these legendary hills and facing these mountains where the Tour de France returns every year.
Finally, we find them in this splendid project which is “Vélo for Kids” and, in its compassionate ambition to bring the world of cycling to these children who are unable to pedal. Let’s bring them a bit of happiness and freedom!!