May 30th, 2013 by Guernsey Post Ltd.
Seven Guernsey Postal workers will undertake an 80 mile cycling tour of the Channel Islands (Tour Des Isles) on Saturday 22 June 2013 with the aim of raising the profile of the Guernsey Foster Care and Adoption Association (GFCAA) and the need for foster carers in Guernsey.
The ambitious team start their journey at 6.30 am and, using only their postal delivery bicycles, will cycle around Guernsey, Alderney and Sark before leaving for Jersey.
They will cycle the circumference of Jersey, supported by a team of Jersey Postal workers, the following morning.
The cycle challenge has great personal significance for Guernsey postie Steve Sheppard.
“As a local foster carer, the Family Placement Service and the Guernsey Foster Care and Adoption Association have proven a huge support to my family over the years,” he said.
“I hope that by completing this challenge we will promote the awareness of this charity and encourage the recruitment of new foster carers.”
The team seek sponsorship for their 80 mile ride.
All of the money raised will be donated to the GFCAA.
This will allow the charity to organise events to help enrich the lives of local foster and adopted children.
Karen Reade, Guernsey Family Placement Service Team Manager, said “when the Guernsey Post team approached us with their idea for a Tour Des Isles 80 mile challenge we were over-the-moon.”
“The sponsorship money will directly benefit local foster children.’
“We hope that the challenge will help to maintain awareness in the community of the need to recruit more foster carers for Guernsey children.”
“We are grateful to the posties who are taking part and to Guernsey Post for their sponsorship,” she said.
The Guernsey Posties are looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the team for the first part of the challenge to cycle around Guernsey.
“If anyone would like to join us for the Guernsey part of our challenge, we would be delighted to have you along,” Steve Sheppard said.
All donations for the evening will go to the Guernsey Foster Care and Adoption Association.