About The Tearfund Poverty Cycle
WHAT: The Tearfund Poverty Cycle is a relay cycle event, on a 25km circuit, which you ride individually or in teams, and raise money for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. It’s a great opportunity to get on your bike, and raise funds for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.
WHEN: Saturday 26 August 2017. The day starts at 7am with a race briefing and is wrapped up around 12pm.
WHERE: Ardmore Airport, Corsair Lane, off Airfield Road.
Enter as a team: Each team is made up of six people, riding two at a time over a six lap 25km circuit (50km each pair). Participants must abide by standard road rules, and consider all roads to be open.Enter your team.
Enter as an Individual: Individuals choose between 2, 3 or 4 laps of the course. Enter now.
Enter as Stationary Rider: Be a part of the action at the race hub, and ride on a stationary bike, generously donated by Club Physical. Multiple session times available, but spaces are limited! Enter here.
Enter as Virtual Rider: If you can’t take part in the Poverty Cycle on the 26th, you can do your own challenge wherever you are in New Zealand during August and help fight human trafficking.Enter here.
Challenge yourself in a fun, competitive event!
The face of Human Trafficking
Maya found herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. The 14-year-old accompanied her best friend to the city to meet the man her friend was pledged to marry. Both young girls had no clue the marriage offer was a lie, and they were trafficked into an Indian brothel. It was a nightmare beyond her imagination.
This beautiful Nepali teenager was living in hell, unable to leave, starved, beaten and repeatedly and viciously abused. Maya suffered a cruelty she “wouldn’t wish upon demons”.
Maya’s escape from the brothel didn’t bring the freedom she had hoped. Like many young trafficked girls, Maya returned home only to face profound shame and disgrace. Maya was now an outcast; rejected by the community she was stolen from.
Twenty years on, the Maya that walked shamefully back to her village is no longer recognizable; she is a vibrant and flourishing woman. The love and support of Tearfund’s partner over the years, has meant that Maya is empowered to share her story, teaching her community and her daughters, about the dangers of trafficking.
The Tearfund Poverty Cycle is a charity fundraising event. You can set up your own fundraising page on Every Day Hero, or support an existing team or rider. Here are some great ideas for fundraising.
- Company Funds: Investigate your workplaces social responsibility programme, or see if your company would match dollar for dollar
- Construct a Fundraising Plan: break down your goal and divide it by the six in your team. Ask friends to sponsor you $50 on your fundraising profile. $50 covers cost of trafficking prevention education for one girl.
- Send an Email: Simple but effective, a well-worded email with a link to your donation page and a suggested donation gets a great response!
- Get Social!: Use your facebook, instagram, snapchat and other social media channels to spread the word, and the link to your donation page.
- Quiz/Games Night: Everybody loves quiz nights, and these are a fun way to engage people to join your cause.
- Host a High Tea: Club sandwiches, yummy cakes and maybe some bubbles. Get dressed up and ask for a $20-$50 donation.
- Spin Session: Set yourselves up on wind trainers in a public place with signs about the Poverty Cycle.
- Raffle a Cake For a Month: Sell raffle tickets for a ‘Cake a month for 12 months’. You will deliver 12 cakes to the winner over one year.
- Lounge Room Movies: Turn your lounge into a theatre, invite friends for coffee & dessert for a $20 donation. Show a block buster or educate them about the cause.
- Wheel Day For Schools: Gold coin donation/mufti day. Students commute to school on some kind of wheel for a gold coin donation. Chalk a bike onto concrete and place coins along the contour.
Where the money goes?
All the money raised through the Poverty Cycle Challenge will go towards Tearfund projects both globally and locally.
There are 21 million people are trapped in slavery today. More than ever before in history.
4.5 million people are victims of forced commercial sexual exploitation (approximately the population of New Zealand) 98% of whom are women and girls.
Tearfund’s Protect cause combats human trafficking and exploitation through five partners in five countries: Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Fiji. We work across the spectrum in prevention, prosecution, rescue and rehabilitation.
In 2016, Tearfund’s partners:
- Established 36 women’s groups with 703 members to prevent human trafficking in their communities.
- Established 69 clubs to protect children and youth from abuse and exploitation.
- Played a part in the arrest and charging of 71 human trafficking offenders.
- Contributed to 30% of sex trafficking prosecutions in Thailand.
- Rescued or provided material assistance to 51 victims of trafficking.
- Reintegrated 36 survivors into communities.
Brothers In Arms is a local mentoring program that exists to bring hope and life-change to marginalised young people through quality, long-term mentor relationships. Young people caught up in anti-social behaviour, offending or serious depression are often desperate for someone to come alongside them and believe in them. Brothers in Arms work closely with police, health and educational social workers to identify at-risk young people and pair them with volunteer mentors from their local communities.
24/7 YouthWork is an out-of-class, extra-curricular programme that addresses a broad range of needs for mainstream youth. With 70 youth workers in 31 schools, this is successful and unique youth work initiative that sees youth workers from the local church supporting and encouraging young people in their local school in practical ways.
Motivated by Jesus, we encourage Kiwis to act for justice to relieve poverty among the world’s most vulnerable people.
Tearfund puts faith into action. We combine the inventiveness of our local team with the expertise of international partners to bring about real change in the lives of those most in need.
We nourish communities with life’s essentials. We protect the vulnerable from exploitation. We restore hope and peace when disaster and conflict strikes. We sponsor children in need, and we empower people to help themselves.
Our vision is to see individuals and communities around the world transformed by hope, opportunity and dignity.
We invite you to join us in making a real difference.