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Ride Against the Traffic: Road to Sofia

By March 14, 2022May 6th, 2022Event

In June this year Alex Bale, Rich Haydon and Rich Parsons are taking on the challenge of cycling from Varna to Sofia in Bulgaria. The aim is to do this in five days, riding some 80 miles each day for the near 400 mile route, with climbs totalling well over 20,000ft.

The trio will begin their journey at FSCI’s House of Opportunity in Varna. They will ride south to visit the House of Opportunity in Burgas, before riding through the mountains on their way to the Houses of Opportunity in Sofia.

Please, will you sponsor Alex, Rich & Rich as they Ride Against the Traffic? The team’s expenses will be covered – every penny raised will help FSCI to prevent the trafficking and exploitation of vulnerable people.

Thanks to a generous FSCI supporter, any amount that you choose to donate will be matched, doubling your sponsorship! This will apply to the first £3,000 raised.

You can sponsor Alex, Rich & Rich by clicking the button below.

Money raised by the Road to Sofia team will be used by FSCI to help prevent modern slavery and human-trafficking throughout Europe. Our main programmes are:

Crisis Response
Our partners in Moldova are working closely with thousands of Ukrainian refugees to ensure that the short-term catastrophe facing them does not turn into long-term exploitation of vulnerable children and families by criminals.

House of Opportunity Programme
Empowering vulnerable young people to break out of poverty and lead successful independent lives through residential training programmes in Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Serbia (and Moldova soon) – preventing them from being trafficked, or drawn into a life of crime and homelessness, at risk of abandoning their own future children.

Early Years Education
Special kindergartens and community centres in Bulgaria, Moldova and Albania. By working with whole families and communities the door to education is opened for marginalised children, greatly reducing their need to make desperate choices due to poverty later in life.

Way to Success
A programme designed in Moldova to give young people the tools they will need to become successful adults. Delivered as part of the public school curriculum for teenagers. We hope to launch Way to Success in Bulgaria and beyond.