Ride the Lights


“The atmosphere on the night was fantastic and everyone just enjoyed the ride with the illuminations dazzling us all.” Jon, one of Team CAFOD

From left to right: Tim, Rosa and Jon
15, 000 cyclists had a sneak preview of Blackpool’s world-famous illuminations as they took part in this year’s Ride the Lights along the Promenade.  Amongst them were 30 CAFOD cyclists  – our very own Team CAFOD.  Not only were they soaking up the atmosphere but raising funds to provide a bore hole in Ethiopia where clean water is scarce.

Patrick Gardner, from CAFOD Lancaster, said ” We’ve had a fantastic evening meeting and greeting our cyclists and hearing their stories when they all returned – which they all did, safe and sound.  We’re really impressed with their enthusiasm and willingness to combine this unique evening with a show of solidarity for our sisters and brothers in Ethiopia.  This Team CAFOD is something special!”

Anne and Keith

CAFOD is changing the lives of women like Hadas Hailu who lives in the Arato area in Ethiopia. She used to trek for hours each day, collecting dirty water and risking her family’s health. Today, she collects clean, safe water from the bore hole we helped to build in her village. Thanks to Team CAFOD’s efforts, our programme in Ethiopia can reach more people with food, water and a way to earn a living.   That’s not bad for an evening’s cycling in Blackpool!

The Donlon Family riding the lights

“What a night!  Freezing for us, (well, me) here at the CAFOD stand, but so inspiring to see the goodwill of our team carrying us through the evening and cycling  for entire communities in Ethiopia  It’s been wonderful to see complete family groups cycling for CAFOD, young and not so young just enjoying the occasion.” said Rosa Trelfa, from CAFOD Lancaster.

Special thanks go to all those who came to support and accompany the team of cyclists, to Daniel who took some amazing photographs, to Lyn for donating some delicious cakes for sale on the evening, to Hayley for keeping us going with a flask of coffee (why didn’t I think of that?) but special thanks to all the cyclists.  You are awesome.

3 thoughts on “Ride the Lights

  1. Welldone all- it looks like a brilliant evening! I can believe it was freezing, but also very inspiring! Love Rachel 🙂

    • Hi Chris – it was good to meet you too! Thanks for joining us. Pity those 15,000 other cyclists got in the way – Tour de France for you next year…….. ; )

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