Le Tour de Fred has begun, first stop Leeds

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Mark, John and Fred (from left to right) prepare for blast off!

Fred Uttley, 68 year old greatgranddad from Padiham near Burnley, Mark Brown, his fellow cyclist and training mentor, and John Cowell, their support driver, left St John’s Cathedral in Salford on Sunday morning at the start of their epic 1,100 miles sponsored cycle around the 22 dioceses of England and Wales in aid of CAFOD’s Hungry for Change campaign.

Fred & Mark with riders from the Diocese of Salford ready for the off!

Fred & Mark with riders from the Diocese of Salford ready for the off!

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!”

It’s not too late to get involved. 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 (0161 705 0605) 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:

TourdeFred Sponsorship Form (HfC)

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Fred and his team arrive back in Manchester on the 28th June at Holy Name Church, Oxford Rd, sometime in the afternoon. To get updates on Fred’s progress, visit his twitter page: https://twitter.com/LeTourDeFred . To celebrate Fred’s and his team’s efforts there is a CAFOD Supporter’s Day being held at Fred’s own parish of St Philip’s in Padiham (BB12 8NS) on Sunday 30th June starting at 1pm. To see more details please download the poster:

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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. On Saturday 8th June in Hyde Park over 40,000 people came together to urge world leaders to act on tackling world hunger, see the pictures:

http://www.cafod.org.uk/News/Campaigning-news/Thousands-turn-out-for-Big-IF

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