Bike to Belong this June

Ride 80kms for 80 million displaced people this World Refugee Week.

Charity You Belong and people from around the world are getting on their bikes this World Refugee Week, 13 – 20 June and taking up the challenge to bike 80kms in eight days to raise money and awareness for the 80 million forcibly displaced people around our globe.

Local Organisation, You Belong has set the target to raise $80,000, which will go towards their work delivering programs that welcome and empower hundreds of refugees to integrate and thrive in Australia. With You Belong’s work spanning across the globe, a portion of funds will support those refugees on the frontlines in Uganda and Iraq, displaced from their homes due to civil unrest.

Founder of You Belong Tim Buxton said, ‘It is a challenge for everybody. Whether your bike is in the shed gathering dust or you are a gun cyclist, the Bike to Belong challenge can be tailored just for you. It is a virtual challenge, designed so that anyone of any ability can participate.’

Partnering up with You Belong are local Olympians Jordan and Alyce Wood, who are heading to the Tokyo Olympics in July to compete as Kayakers. Though not participating in Bike to Belong as riders, they have signed up to prepare and coach two newly settled refugees, Banya and Hakar, sister and brother from Iraq. Neither Banyas nor Hakar have ever ridden bikes before, but with the help of Jordan and Alyce, they will take on their 80km on stationary bikes. Their team is called Team Tokyo, and their goal is to raise $8,000.

You Belong, an organisation based in Toowoomba, facilitates programs, ongoing events and workshops to help refugees integrate and thrive here in Australia. Today, hundreds of refugees participate in You Belong activities weekly, positively impacting their integration into the community.

Founder Tim Buxton had been living in Iraq with his wife and children for almost four years providing housing, education, medical care, trauma counselling, and relief to thousands of Iraq and Syrian refugees fleeing Isis. When he returned to Australia, Tim witnessed the many struggles that refugees had integrating into our society and their new community, and You Belong was born.

“We have so much to learn from those who come here and make Australia their home and the more we get to know them and learn about where they are from and what positive contributions, they are making to our communities the better for our whole community,” says Tim.

With more than one percent of the global population having left their homes due to war and unrest, there is no better time to grab your friends, jump on your bike and ride in solidarity for those displaced around our world.

To sign up, head over to biketobelong.com. You can also learn more about the impact You Belong are having in our community over at youbelong.com.au.

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