This June, Fred Uttley will be cycling around all 22 dioceses of England and Wales to raise funds and awareness for CAFOD’s Hungry for Change campaign. The 67-year-old schools volunteer from Padiham near Burnley will cycle more than 1,000 miles between Catholic Cathedrals around England and Wales, and will be asking fellow cyclists to ride with him for sections of this ‘Tour de Fred’.
Fred says that the inspiration for his bike ride came out of the blue, as an alternative to his regular fundraising quiz! “I wanted to think of another way to raise money, so I was sat at home and then it came to me: ‘Why don’t I do a bike ride round each of the dioceses in the UK for CAFOD?’ I haven’t ridden a bike in 50 years, so I think the distance will the biggest challenge!”
You can make a difference by joining Fred on a section of his route or sponsoring him at justgiving.com/tourdefred. You can also show solidarity with Fred’s mission to fight hunger by organising your own bike ride, or static bike challenge to raise funds! Visit http://www.cafod.org.uk/Fundraise/Sponsored-events/Tour-de-Fred (short link to follow!) for more details, or contact the Salford office to check when Fred will be passing through your part of the diocese. For sponsorship form and flyer to advertise Le Tour de Fred just click below to download them:
Fred is Hungry for Change!
Fred will be completing his awesome challenge as part of CAFOD’s Hungry for Change campaign, which is calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to use the UK’s Presidency of the G8 to tip the balance of power in favour of small-scale farmers who grow half the world’s food and to push for checks on the power of global food companies.
CAFOD is asking campaigners to sign cards to the Prime Minister or send him a message online. The Hungry for Change action cards focus on the Biblical parable of the loaves and fishes where giving even a small amount can make a difference to thousands of people. CAFOD’s Hungry for Change Campaign is running until October 2013. To call on David Cameron to take action on global hunger, please visit www.cafod.org.uk/hungry.
Hungry for Change comes as CAFOD and more than 100 other development agencies have joined together to campaign on the issue of hunger in the biggest coalition of its kind since Make Poverty History in 2005. The ‘Enough Food For Everyone….IF’ campaign is supported by philanthropist Bill Gates and Archbishop Desmond Tutu and was launched nationally at Somerset House, London, on January 23.