Councillor’s cycle for African children

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A BROUGHTY Ferry councillor raised almost £400 by taking part in a marathon bike challenge.

On Sunday Laurie Bidwell took part in the Dundee Cyclathon, a 26-mile course around the city organised by the Abertay Rotary Club.

Through the support of family and friends Laurie managed to raised £350 for the Tushinde Children’s Trust.

Although it is a Scottish based charity, it supports projects in the Kenyan capital Nairobi that aim to provide education and nutrition for children living in the Mathare slums.

He said: “I enjoyed cycling round the 26 miles of the Dundee Cyclathon in the company of hundreds of other cyclists. 

“The Abertay Rotary Club are to be congratulated on a well organised, safe and fun event. There were marshals at all the key junctions and refreshment stations every few miles. 

“I was riding for Tushinde Children’s Trust, a Scottish based charity that supports projects in Nairobi, Kenya that provide education and nutrition for children living in a highly populated sprawling slum called Mathare. 

“With the generous support of friends, family members and colleagues, I have already raised £358.50 including gift aid. When some final donations are recorded, I hoping my target of £400 to be exceeded. 

“Much of my time as a councillor is focusing on the education of our children in Dundee.

“I have found it humbling to be involved with a charity that focuses on meeting the needs of children in Mathare for whom access to education and a square meal cannot be taken for granted.” 

r Pictured is Councillor Bidwell taking part in the Dundee Cyclathon.