Backing for Foundation of Light's Italian Challenge.
A leading North East transport company is saddling up in support of the region’s families and young people.
OSE European, based in Newcastle, are providing logistical support for a fundraising cycle ride across Italy in aid of SAFC’s official charity, the Foundation of Light.
The firm, which operates worldwide, will be transporting more than 50 bikes and other equipment from Sunderland to Pisa and supplying a team of support vehicles to accompany participants on their epic four day trek in June.
Three OSE staff members - David Bradley, Robert Cornell and Richard Lynn – have also signed up to take part in the fundraising event, which will cover more than 200 miles between Italy’s Mediterranean and Adriatic coasts.
David Bradley, OSE European, said: “OSE have been strong supporters of initiatives and events that support the local community and the Italian Challenge is an excellent way for us to continue that.
“We’re proud to be able to offer logistical support for the duration of the ride and to be backing not just our team of riders, but all the other cyclists taking part.”
The Italian Cycle Challenge, sponsored by Grafton Group Plc, is one of the biggest fundraising events ever staged by the Foundation of Light.
Between Wednesday June 4 and Saturday June 7, participants will cycle up to 65 miles per day across some of Italy’s most beautiful landscape, including the Tuscan Hills, the Apennine Mountains and the mountain principality of San Marino.
All proceeds from the event, which is open to ages 18 and above, will be used to help fund the charity’s wide range of sport and education-based programmes, which benefit more than 42,000 young people and families across the North East every year.
Philip King, Head of Commercial at the Foundation of Light, said: “The Italian Cycle Challenge is a huge event for us here at the Foundation of Light and it’s thanks to the support of companies like OSE European that have made it possible.
“I’m sure our riders will appreciate having the back up of such a respectable company and will be particularly grateful to them for delivering refreshments and other vital supplies throughout.
A few places are still available for the Foundation of Light’s Italian Cycle Challenge. Participants will be provided with return travel, accommodation and meals and are expected to raise a minimum of £1500 to take part.For more information or to sign up visit www.italianchallenge.co.uk, call 0191 5515153 or email Cherie.firstname.lastname@example.org