Bikes Against Bullies are going on a Grand Tour! All the way from Lands End to John O’Groats on nothing more than 50cc scooters on a journey of almost 1000miles!
And its all for one very special reason. Each year at least 15 young people sadly take their own lives due to bullying. So as part of the Bikes Against Bullies suicide awareness week, each day of this incredible journey will be in memory of one of those young victims who felt they had no other option but to end their lives early. Sadly this happened recently to a family close to the heart of one of our reps and just highlights how easily this can occur within our societey. Therefore we hope this will signifficantly raise the profile of our anti-bullying campaign to show young people that there is support and will help us raise lots of money to help recruit some new youth ambassadors as well as helping us to continue to do the work we do in taking a stand againt bullying!
Each day will be split into three seperate rides along the route, so that hopefully as many of you as possible will have the chance to join Bikes Against Bullies president Christopher Cooper and VP Adrian Rigden as they take on this amazing challenge. Over the coming weeks we will get the route and times published, but in the mean time we need your help!
We are currently needing van hire for the support vehicle as well as needing accommodation in the following areas for 3 people on the dates below. Also if you know of a local bike night or biker pub in those areas we would love for them to get involved too, so please get in touch or ask them to via firstname.lastname@example.org or our facebook page
More details will follow as we continue to put this amazing project together!
Friday 7th July Lands End (or surrounding area)
Sat 8th Weston Super Mare (or surrounding area)
Sun 9th Warrington (or surrounding area)
Mon 10th Newcastle (or surrounding area)
Tues 11th July Stirling (or surrounding area)
Wed 12th July Inverness (or surrounding area)
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So this week I have some amazing news for you:
1. Bikes Against Bullies UK are getting their own website thanks to the amazing generosity of Mark Hawkins. This means we will be able to reach an even wider audience and get our message out there. So watch this space and I will update when its live!
2. Bikes Against Bullies UK are working alongside the Four Groves Community Association to hold an anti-bullying forum within the town of Barrow In Furness – Cumbria. This without doubt is a huge step for us! Both myself and John Shawcross will be representing Bikes Against Bullies at the forum in September and we will report back on the meeting and what comes from it.
3. Less than 4 weeks now until our inaugural ride out!
4. If you have kids who are getting ready to go back to school, get them to watch the video by Unkle Adam that’s been posted. The message delivery is fantastically strong.
5. Finally I wanted to tell you all briefly how Bikes Against Bullies – UK came about and what the vision is for the future – I hope. My two youngest children ages 11 & 9 in their schools words ‘physically & verbally intimidated’ for 12 months, this included the breaking of my 9 year olds’ sons arm.. There were regular incidences both inside and outside school. The school failed to adhere to their own bullying polices, whilst the police said they weren’t interested and had far more important things to do. During this time one of the main relief’s for my children came from attending motorcycle events – after all we all know what a friendly bunch we are! Earlier this year my story hit the national media and with that, we became inundated with messages of support, but also sadly, messages of similar experiences – involving the extent of bullying, the negative outcomes for its victims and their families, and also the lack of police and educational institutions to deal with bullying. From this I though enough is enough and so Bikes Against Bullies UK was founded! The aim is a simple one: create awareness surrounding bullying and offer support to victims and their families.
I believe we can achieve this in a number of ways. Firstly by providing resources such as the information sheets we publish. Secondly by our annual ride out and the public and media attention it creates. Thirdly – victim support rides to or from school – these show the victim that they have huge support whilst also shining a spot light on those who could do more. And then lastly I eventually want us to become proactive and establish an anti-bullying ambassador for each county who will go in to schools alongside members to get the anti-bullying message over. Of course much of this is a long way off and not only do we need to grow, but also we need to develop, This includes becoming a ‘constituted group’ and then hopefully a registered charity. I’m sure we can do it – you only have to look at the support from you guys already.
If you want to know more or get more involved get in touch!
Bikes Against Bullies UK Founder
Yep only four weeks to go until our inaugural ride out!