Seven Guernsey Posties are to take part in an 80 mile cycling tour of the Channel Islands next month with the aim of raising the profile of the Guernsey Foster Care and Adoption Association (GFCAA) and the need for foster carers on the island.
The Tour Des Isles 80 mile cycle challenge will take place on Saturday 22nd June. The ambitious team start their journey at 6.30am and, using only their post bikes, will cycle around Guernsey, Alderney and Sark before leaving for Jersey. They will then cycle the circumference of Jersey, supported by a team of Jersey Posties, the following morning.
For Postie Steve Sheppard, the cycle challenge has great personal significance:
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 and I hope that by completing this challenge we are able to promote the awareness of this Charity and hopefully encourage the recruitment of new foster carers.
The team are also seeking sponsorship for their mammoth 80 mile ride. All of the money raised 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:
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 and 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 so grateful to the posties who are taking part and to Guernsey Post for their sponsorship.
Join the team
The Guernsey Posties are also looking for enthusiastic individuals to join the team for the first part of the challenge; cycling around Guernsey.
"If anyone would like to join us for the Guernsey part of our challenge, we would be delighted to have you along" said Postie Steve.
Please contact Cassandra on 733531 for more details and for a sponsorship form please visit The Guernsey Foster Care website http://www.guernseyfostercare.com
Postie John Smith and his band 'The end of Days' are also playing during the weekend of the 22nd June at The Dog House. All donations for the evening will be going to The Guernsey Foster Care and Adoption Association.