Guernsey Foster Care and Adoption Association benefits from Guernsey Post’s 100 mile cycle challenge

June 25th, 2013 by Guernsey Post Ltd.

Guernsey Post office employees and friends at the start of their 80 miles Tours des Isles (click image to expand - image courtesy of Guernsey Post)

Guernsey Post office employees and friends at the start of their 100 mile Tours des Isles bicycle ride to raise awareness and funds for the Guernsey Foster Care and Adoption Association (click image to expand – image courtesy of Guernsey Post)

Seven Guernsey Postmen bicycled 100 miles in Guernsey and Jersey on Saturday 22 June 2013 to raise the profile of the Guernsey Foster Care and Adoption Association (GFCAA) and the need for foster carers on Guernsey.

The ambitious team had planned to cycle 80 miles around Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Jersey.

However, strong winds forced the team to amend their route.

Instead they cycled twice around Guernsey before travelling to Jersey. These last minute changes added another 20 miles to the cycle challenge.

Guernsey postman Steve Sheppard said that the team were thrilled with the support they received.

“It was a tough ride and the weather certainly wasn’t on our side but we enjoyed every minute of it,” he said.

“The support from the Guernsey community has been second to none.”

“We hope that we have achieved our goal of increasing the awareness of the Family Placement Service and the Guernsey Foster Care and Adoption Association.

Wayne Batiste, Shane Toms, Paul Wakeham, Paul Lovell, Steve Sheppard, Jason Le Ray & Steve O’Connor (click image to expand - image courtesy of Guernsey Post Ltd)

(left to right) Guernsey postmen Wayne Batiste, Shane Toms, Paul Wakeham, Paul Lovell, Steve Sheppard, Jason Le Ray and Steve O’Connor at the end of their 100 mile Channel Islands bicycle ride to raise funds and awareness of the GFCAA by Mont Orgueil Castle in Jersey (click image to expand – image courtesy of Guernsey Post Ltd)

“It would be great to think that, by highlighting the importance of the association, we may have encouraged the recruitment of new, much needed, foster carers on the island,” he said.

All of the money raised from the challenge will be donated directly to the GFCAA, this will enable 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 “thank you so much to the Guernsey Post team who undertook the Tour Des Isles Challenge.”

“We are so appreciative of their support and that of Guernsey Post.  The profile of fostering was certainly raised and the sponsorship money will go towards an event for the children which the GFCAA will arrange,” she said.

Thanks must also go to Guernsey postman John Smith and his band ‘The end of Days‘ for donating all of their proceeds from Saturday’s performance at the Dog House to the Guernsey Foster Care and Adoption Association.

The Guernsey Post team thanked all of the volunteers who braved the weather and joined them on Saturday 22 June 2013 for their first circuit of Guernsey, and also thanked Jersey Post for allowing them to use Jersey Post bikes in Jersey.

 

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