A family fun day, with free entry for the public, was held in support of Cornerstone's annual fundraising initiative. Running for the sixth year and supported by world leader in natural gas, BG Group, the Cycle Challenge was launched at the Duthie Park in Aberdeen on Sunday 11 July.
Scotland's well-known bike stunt team, The Clan, opened the fun day which offered a range of activities for all ages including face painting, a bouncy castle, an inflatable obstacle course, a crazy bikes challenge, and a children's drawing competition.. The event launched the recruitment stage of this year's Cycle Challenge - a national fundraising campaign involving teams of people cycling together on stationary bikes to raise funds for Cornerstone's work supporting people with disabilities and other support needs throughout Scotland. For the first time, Cornerstone will be encouraging participation from teams from out with the corporate sector and opening the challenge to schools, colleges and community groups.
Vanessa Smith, Cornerstone's Regional Fundraising Officer, who is leading the Challenge this year commented "I am delighted that so many people came to the Duthie Park and supported our launch. This year we hope to involve the whole community in what is a great event and raises much needed funds for our work enabling people to enjoy a valued life. The funds raised through the Cycle Challenge make a real difference to the lives of the people we support and I am grateful to BG Group for continuing their support."
Themed 'Back to the 80s' in celebration of Cornerstone's 30 anniversary this year's Challenge will see participants tour on static bikes round locations related to some significant - and some more obscure - events from 1980, the year that Cornerstone was founded. The challenge will last 30 days to celebrate Cornerstone's 30 years of care and support and aims to raise a record amount through sponsorship.
Jill Moir, Policy and Corporate Affairs Manager for BG Group UK Upstream, said "BG Group is delighted to be supporting the Cycle Challenge. It's a fantastic event that promotes health and fitness, encourages team work and raises funds for a very worthwhile cause."
The Cornerstone Cycle Challenge has already received substantial interest and will continue to contribute to many companies' Healthy Working Lives Programme.
Anyone wishing to find out more information about the Cornerstone Cycle Challenge should visit www.cornerstone.org.uk/cyclechallenge or contact Jo Bonner on 01224 238433 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.