A group of cyclists from the Cirencester office of wealth management company St. James’s Place are to take part in a London to Paris Cycle Event at the end of the month in aid of the St. James’s Place Foundation and the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
The event, from 24-27 June, has attracted nearly 100 cyclists from St. James’s Place offices throughout the country who are aiming to raise a total of £200,000.  They will be joined en route by former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan and Miguel Indurain, five time winner of the Tour de France, both ambassadors for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
Starting from Twickenham, the riders will cycle to Portsmouth via Haselmere on the first day.  They will take the ferry to Caen on the second day and cycle across northern France to Bernay, while the final day involves a 100 mile ride to the finishing line at the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
Kate Roberts, organiser of the St. James’s Place entrants, said: “This is not an easy ride, and riders are training hard to take part.  Each entrant is being tasked with raising £1,000, which will be matched £1 for £1 by St. James’s Place Wealth Management.”
Tom Soper, Partnerships Manager for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation added: “The participation of 100 riders is greatly appreciated as their efforts will help to improve the lives of a large number of young people taking part in the Urban Stars Programme and other charities.”
The Urban Stars Programme is a national programme that is based in inner cities around the UK. It delivers a multi-sports programme and uses sports to improve youth citizenship, social inclusion and community cohesion. The initial project is supported by Laureus and was developed in London. The aim of this fundraising initiative is to expand the programme into other cities around the UK.
Anyone wishing to sponsor a cyclist from the Cirencester office should contact Kate Roberts on 01285 878 344.
The St. James’s Place Foundation was established in 1992, and in the last few years well over £2 million has been raised annually through its community. In 2009, a record £2.6m was raised.
Over 80% of St. James’s Place Wealth Management staff and members of its Partnership make regular contributions to the Foundation via a monthly covenant.
In 18 years, the Foundation has raised more than £18 million, and distributed the majority of those funds to more than 700 charities, with grants ranging from a few hundred pounds to in excess of £1,000,000.
The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation was founded in 2000 and celebrates the universal power of sport to bring people together as a force for good and uses the passion that sport inspires to effect social change across the globe.  Based in London, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is a registered UK charity (Charity No. 1111364) which uses the positive influence of sport to tackle society’s most pressing challenges around the globe, supporting 78 community sports projects on every continent.
The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is supported by the Laureus World Sports Academy; a unique collection of 46 of the greatest living sports legends. The Academy come from sports as diverse as football, tennis, athletics, skateboarding and motor racing and volunteer their services as global ambassadors for the Foundation. All the members of the Academy share a belief in the power of sport to break down barriers, bring people together and improve the lives of young people around the world. The Academy has embraced the Laureus principle of using sport to effect positive social change and its members organise and oversee the broad array of community development initiatives funded by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. Since its inception Laureus has raised more than €35 million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of over one million young people.
According to Academy Member Boris Becker, the secret and the strength of sport is that “it has its own rules, it knows no skin colour, no religion, no boundaries.”
Projects worldwide striving to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals are supported by the Global Foundation and a growing network of subsidiary National Foundations in Argentina, France, Germany, Italy, South Africa, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland and the United States. There is much work to be done and as Academy Member Nawal El Moutawakel said, “We cannot change the world overnight but we can start one playing field at a time.”

Source: Parabola Communications