I'm cycling 800kms this September, because I can (hopefully!) I have the freedom to earn, to holiday, to enjoy life, and while I sometimes question my specific choices in 'enjoyable activities' the fact is I am blessed beyond measure to be able to do this. A staggering percentage of people in the world HAVE to travel much longer distances just to find safety to live. I'm thinking of them as I exercise my privilege.
I couldn't do this without a phone. It helps me find somewhere to sleep, the best route, and more than anything it keeps me connected to my friends and family, so that I have support. I've been in situations where I didn't have good connectivity and when things got bad, they very quickly got worse because I had no outside support. And all within my blessed life... I cannot imagine the fear and danger in isolation of refugees who have no ability to contact people for love or for help. Nobody should be in their situation to begin with, without the added vulnerability of being so alone.
There are so many issues in the world, and so many ways to help. This is just one small way, but it's a relatively easy and successful method to provide a little bit of vital help to those who need it most. This charity supports refugees all over the world, with 95% of donations going directly to buying phone credit.
Please can you chip in? I've donated £5 for every 200kms I plan to cycle. Can you give the price of a top up to someone else?
Love you all