Doctors of the World UK (Médecins du Monde) is calling for more nurses and midwives to sign up for the sixth London to Paris Bike Ride 2011.
The three-day challenge covers 242 miles (387km) of beautiful countryside finishing in Paris.
Cycling enthusiast Dr Davina Sharma, who was part of the 2010 London to Paris team, says it is a fabulous experience: “I have so many great memories but finishing in Paris was the perfect way to end. I really felt quite emotional by the end of it all. I was so pleased I was able to support Doctors of the World and their vital work; it is a great and important charity.”
The team leaves London on 14 July, arriving at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris by late afternoon on 16 July. Cyclists can rest their tired legs on 17 July, sightseeing and enjoying one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
The funds raised will be used to provide medical care to vulnerable people around the world who are touched by natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti or the floods in Pakistan. It will also help those affected by conflict, like our ongoing emergency mission in Iraq, and those touched by extreme poverty like those helped by our HIV/AIDS prevention project in Myanmar (Burma). As well as helping those further afield, Doctors of the World also runs a project in London.
Participants pay a £99 registration fee, then pledge to raise £1,300 in sponsorship funds to cover all the costs. Teams made up of five people or more will benefit from a reduction in the final fundraising target.