Sir Chris Hoy and the homelessness charity Social Bite are challenging the nation to Break the Cycle of homelessness.
They’re inviting you to join them as they race to raise a £1million to help create two new Social Bite Villages in the UK, aiming to build them in Glasgow and London.
Break the Cycle is a charity cycling event. There are 1,000 places available to join Sir Chris and cycle 60 miles on 5th September, from the Glasgow Velodrome, across Scotland’s central belt and finishing close to the flagship Social Bite Village in Edinburgh.
As well as the live event, the charity is encouraging the nation to take part in virtual challenges to help break the cycle of homelessness. From now until September, you can take part in a physical challenge of your choice and raise funds to help people affected by homelessness.
Why fundraise for this cause?
The Social Bite Village is an innovative, highly supportive community for up to 20 people affected by homelessness at any one time. The purpose of the project is to bring vacant land back into use and to build a village with beautiful prefabricated housing and a community hub. Social Bite, along with its partners Cyrenians, invest in providing tailored support, skills-building and opportunities that enable residents to move on from their situation of homelessness, sustain their own secure tenancies, and build a positive life for themselves.
This fundraising event hopes to raise the funds needed to replicate the Village in two new cities, targeting Glasgow and London. By getting involved, you’ll be helping to provide safe, secure and supported accommodation for those in a situation of homelessness and help them build an independent life.
Where else will funds raised be invested?
As well as raising funds to help build two new Social Bite Villages, funds you raise will also go towards:
• Mental Health Support
The impact of the pandemic on our mental health makes the need for mental health support even more vital, particularly for the homeless community. Social Bite is working with mental health charity SAMH on Break the Cycle with 10% of funds raised supporting their work in this area.
• Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness
Funds raised will also support Social Bite’s wider mission to end homelessness – providing food, employment opportunities and a range of housing projects to really break the cycle of homelessness.
How can I get involved?
If you’d like to sign up to the Live event and cycle the 60 miles with Sir Chris Hoy on the 5th September, visit: https://www.breakthecycle.co.uk/take-part. Plus, when you sign up you'll receive a 20% Discount Voucher to use at the Highlander Outdoor shop.
virtual OUTDOOR CHALLENGE
Take part in your own virtual challenge and help to end homelessness. From climbing your first munro to walking round the parks and surrounding countryside, you can create a virtual challenge and raise money to help end homelessness.
If you’d like to take part in your own virtual challenge and help Sir Chris and Social Bite on their mission to end homelessness, visit: https://www.breakthecycle.co.uk/virtual-challenge to register your Outdoor Challenge.
Thanks to Social Bite, the Highlander Community have been offered 50% off the entry cost to this wonderful event. Simply use the code: BTC_Highlander2021 when registering.
How can you take part?
First, you’ll want to decide whether you’re going to do the Break the Cycle virtual challenge as a team, or solo. Next, decide what you want your challenge to be. You can do anything you want, but we’ve put a focus on the number 60: 60 miles, 60 days, 60 minutes. Here are some of our favourite examples:
• 60 mile cycle in 1 day
• Walking or running 60 miles in 1 month
• 60 minutes of exercise per day for 1 month
• 60 minutes of exercise per day for 60 days
• 60,000 steps challenge (on average between 25 to 30 miles)
Here are a few ideas to help you set your own challenge, get out and raise money for Social Bite: