Charlie Simpson, 11 years old from West London will be taking on a challenge fit for adults, by cycling 40 kilometres to raise money for UNICEF’s Philippines Children’s Emergency appeal. On 8th November 2013 the most powerful storm ever to hit land struck the Philippines. Homes, schools and hospitals were flattened leaving thousands dead and more than 5 million children affected and in desperate need of food, water, shelter and medicines.
Charlie Simpson will be pushing his legs to the very limit on the 7th December to raise money for UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation, to help them continue to deliver life saving supplies to the most vulnerable children caught affected by the typhoon, including emergency food, health kits, water pumps and generators.
Charlie is no stranger to cycle challenges having previously supported UNICEF in response to previous emergencies.
In January 2010 when he was just 7 years old he cycled 5 miles to raise money for UNICEF in response to the Haiti earthquake. Charlie’s inspiring story caught the attention of the world’s press and his fundraising efforts were reported around the world from Australia to Hong Kong. He raised a phenomenal £260,000 and was even invited to No 10 Downing Street to meet Gordon Brown and Simon Cowell, who donated £5,000 to his fundraising efforts. A letter of congratulations from Bill Clinton and donations from around the world spurred Charlie to complete his challenge.
This time Charlie will be taking on his biggest and most challenging cycle yet in a bid to raise as much money as possible for children devastated by the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Charlie said: “I saw all the pictures of the typhoon on the news and it made me really sad and upset. It reminded me of the earthquake in Haiti when I decided to help and I raised lots of money. So I thought I’d set myself a new challenge to try and help children in the Philippines who need water and food. I’ve already raised over £3,000 and more money keeps coming in every day so I’m really excited.
“I cycled 5 miles when I raised money for the Haiti earthquake but now that I’m a bit older I thought I better aim to go a bit further! I’ve never ridden so far before but there’s always a first time. And I hope that with each peddle, I raise more money because I really want to help all the children who have lost family and friends and are lonely and scared. I just hope I manage to keep my legs going!”
Charlie also supported UNICEF’s work for children during the East Africa food crisis in 2011. Together with a group of 200 young East Londoners he cycled the combined 450 mile distance walked by thousands of Somali families fleeing the famine.Following Typhoon Haiyan UNICEF is helping to provide safe drinking water to 250,000 people every day in Tacloban, one of the worst affected areas. Life saving food for 5000 severely malnourished children has also been delivered along with vital sanitation equipment for 18,000 people.
To donate to Charlie Simpson’s bike ride visit:www.unicef.org.uk/charlie
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