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Hundreds of East London schoolchildren have come together to organise a sponsored cycle ride in aid of our East Africa Children's Crisis appeal.

Children from 6 schools will get on their bikes on 28 September to try and cycle 890 laps around their local park. Combined, this would be 450 miles – the distance from the Somalia capital Mogadishu to Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya. 

Many of the children taking part in the bike ride have family and friends still living in Somalia, walking unimaginable distances to reach food and water.

The children will be joined by eight-year-old Charlie Simpson, the young fundraiser who raised £260,000 for our Haiti earthquake appeal last year.

"It makes me sad to see poor and hungry children on the news", said Charlie. "We are trying to help because small things can make a difference. Please sponsor us!"

Britain's gold medal winning runner Mo Farah also voiced his support for the young cyclists.

"I was born in Somalia," Farah said. "The terrible scenes of children dying from starvation over the past few weeks has left me deeply saddened and shocked.

"That’s why I want to applaud Charlie and his cycling chums. Please help make their wheels go round by donating to their fundraising challenge today. You can help them save lives."

Sponsor the children's bike ride for East Africa.

 
Young fundraiser Charlie Simpson and East London school children warm up for their bike ride to raise funds for East Africa © UNICEF UK/Carmen Valino
Young fundraiser Charlie Simpson and East London school children warm up for their bike ride to raise funds for East Africa© UNICEF UK/Carmen Valino