Arelene Lihala (left) and Jennifer Olsen will be cycling from Campbell River to Victoria on Aug. 3 after collecting pledges to raise money for an orphanage in Africa.

Women cycling for the children of Africa

Bike for the Children Tour from Spirit Square in Campbell River to Victoria’s Inner Harbour Aug. 3-4

Arelene Lihala and Jennifer Olsen will be embarking on a Bike for the Children Tour from Spirit Square in Campbell River to Victoria’s Inner Harbour Aug. 3-4 to support the children at Chikondi One Heart Angles Orphanage in Malawi, Africa.

Lihala is the founder of the orphanage which opened in July 2012.

She travels to Africa to work directly with the children at the orphanage who would not have survived without the critical personal care and love that she unconditionally provides.

“When I a m working at the orphanage, words cannot describe the feelings I experience every day when spending time with the children playing, giving love, joy and peace in my heart,” Lihala said.

Olsen’s passion lies with connecting with children on a deep, spiritual level. Her love and commitment is to the children of Africa and she is a dedicated team player.

The team of philanthropists volunteer their time to make a positive difference in the lives of the children at Chikondi One Heart Angels Orphanage.

“It is with joy and heartfelt love that the children found a special place in our hearts,” Lihala says. “They truly fill our hearts with so much compassion and are a miracle.”

The two Campbell River women are raising funds for food, health care and education.

“Our focus is to provide a sustainable home for the orphans and our work has been vital for the orphans’ healthy growth so they can develop their own sense of self and personal hope,” Lihala says. “The Malawi children are very simple, they show their appreciation for the smallest of things by their kindness, joy and love.”

The vision is to build a home for  the children in Blantyre, Malawi, Africa. The goal is purchase land this year and begin construction, completing by July 31, 2014, a home for 100 children.

All pledge amounts are welcome and 100 per cent of the funds raised will go directly to help the children.

To learn more about the Bike for the Children Tour contact Lihala at 250-204-3612, Olsen at 250-204-1768, e-mail: helpedthechildren@hotmail.com or visit www.chikondiorphanage.com/donate.