Participants from 2014’s ride which ended at the Parliament Buildings in Victoria. Right to left Ron Gaudreault

Cycling for the Children of Malawi

As one of the poorest countries in the world many people in Malawi are stuck in a cycle of poverty

Arelene Lihala and group of riders will be starting the 3rd Annual Bike for the Children Fundraiser on Aug. 1.

They will leave from Campbell River’s Spirit Square at 8 a.m. and head to Nanaimo’s Maffeo Sutton Park.

On Aug. 2 they will complete this two-day, 300 km ride by riding back to Campbell River and ending where they started at Spirit Square.  All funds raised will go to support the children at Chikondi One Heart Angels Orphanage in Malawi.

Lihala is the founder of the orphanage which opened in July 2012 and is located in Blantyre, Malawi, Africa.  The orphanage currently provides a safe home, food, water, clothing, medical care and an education to 13 of Malawi’s estimated 1.4 million orphans.

As one of the poorest countries in the world many people in Malawi are stuck in a cycle of poverty they have little hope of escaping.  Chikondi’s goal is to break this cycle for as many children as possible through a focus on education.

The ride will raise funds to help us reach our goals.

The long-term goal is to build a home, school, medical centre and church for the children in Blantyre on a piece of property we hope to purchase in the next few years.  Our goals are to provide a home to 100 orphans, to provide an education and medical care to them and the children of the surrounding community, and to provide loving families for some of these children through international adoption.

For more information about Chikondi or the Bike for the Children fundraiser contact Arelene Lihala by phone at 1-250-204-3612, email at helpedthechildren@hotmail.com, or visit our website at www.chikondiorphanage.org.

To pledge a rider or support the there is secure and easy online donating at www.chikondiorphanage.org.