On the 27th September ten not-so-seasoned Open Energi cyclists gathered at London’s Clapham Common to tackle the 54-mile cycle route from London to Brighton in aid of Renewable World, a charity dedicated to bringing clean and sustainable sources of energy to power-poor communities.
We had an amazing day, and all arrived safely in Brighton with no major mishaps other than David Hill contriving to get a puncture 400 yards from the start, and Tom Saul delivering a circus-style dismount in front of an appreciative seaside crowd. Special mention goes to Clive Booth for completing the course (including the monstrous climb up to Ditchling Beacon) on a bike wholly unsuited to the purpose, the cycling equivalent of dragging a sack of rocks along behind him.
Most importantly though we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who so generously supported our efforts. Collectively we raised over £3,700 which is paying for 20 X 24V (250W) solar panels for community owned solar microgrids for communities living on the shores of Lake Victoria, Kenya.
Access to renewable energy not only helps to drive improvements in the health, education and income of local people; it also reduces environmental damage.
‘Since I was connected to the bug, my life has changed. I want my wife to study at university, that is my dream.’ Charles, N’gore Village, Kenya
But there is a long way to go. Globally, almost 1 in 5 people do not have access to electricity; over 1 in 4 lack basic water services like taps and safe drinking water; and over 1 in 3 are without clean cooking facilities. Without access to energy, people remain trapped in a vicious circle of poverty.
Since 2007 Renewable World’s programmes have transformed the lives of over 35,000 people in Central America, East Africa, and South Asia, bringing life-changing renewable energy to communities in need.
To find out more about their fantastic work please visit their website.