Lucy Rymer (09-11) is undertaking a 120-mile charity cycle ride from Uppingham School in Rutland to Pocklington School in East Yorkshire on Sunday 14 June 2015 to raise funds for a building project in Cambodia and to highlight the need for education in underdeveloped countries.
On completion of her architecture degree this summer, Lucy is planning to spend July and August working for the humanitarian design practice, Orkidstudio, on a construction project to build new facilities for the charity Help the Cambodian Children. The construction will take place in one of the poor slum communities of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. The design will include new classrooms, shower and toilet facilities and space for the production of soap, one of the key enterprises there.
As a volunteer on the project Lucy has been asked to raise a minimum of £2,500 which will go directly to the project as all travel and accommodation expenses are self-funded. As part of her fundraising efforts and to raise the profile of the project more widely, she is undertaking a 120-mile cycle ride from Uppingham School where she did her GCSEs to Pocklington School where she did her A-Levels.
She said “I chose this route to highlight the importance of education, especially in underdeveloped countries, where a better education could really transform lives.
“The ride is likely to take over 12 hours, which considering my current commute to university takes 10 minutes will be a challenge!
“It will be worth it though as it is for a cause that is extremely important to me and I am very committed to it.”
Money raised will be used to provide essential materials and construction equipment for the project. Lucy commented “With one brick costing just a fraction of a penny, donations of any size can go a long way so any contributions are greatly appreciated.”