GLA director reflects on Sitematch team cycle challenge
Mon 31st March 2014, 10:25 am
David Lunts, housing and land director at the Greater London Authority joined the Sitematch London team in the Cycle to MIPIM challenge this year – a 1,425 km journey by bicycle to Cannes to attend the global property event.
Team Sitematch also featured Toby Fox, the managing director of 3Fox International – the compnay behind the Sitematch initiative – as well as Lunts, Brendon Walsh, Hounslow's director of regeneration, David Hutt of Willmott Dixon, Ealing Council leader, Julian Bell and Ealing's regeneration chief, Pat Hayes.
Lunts said: "The charity cycle ride from City Hall to Cannes is a must-support event. Not only is it an epic six days, with up to 200 miles of riding each day, but more importantly, it raised more than £250,000 mainly for Coram, the country’s oldest children’s charity.
"The ride’s organisation is totally professional – the closest any of us will get to riding a ‘grand tour’ - and so too, is the brilliant support from 3Fox International who did a fantastic job of raising sponsorship and supporting many of the 100 riders, including myself.
"Finally, I would like to thank the organisations who sponsored me, including Rydon, Lovell, Redrow, Places for People, Pinnacle Regen, Linden Homes, Grosvenor Estates and Countryside Properties."
3Fox, which organised sponsorship for Team Sitematch at the event, raised £32,500. The whole event, involving more than 100 cyclists, exceeded its target in raising the £250,000 for Coram.
Sitematch and 3Fox also sponsored Tour-de-France-style awards every day on the Cycle to MIPIM event, such as King of the Mountain, awarded to the cyclist demonstrating the most valiant efforts during the journey’s many steep climbs.
Toby Fox, whose personal fundraising has exceeded £1,400, said: "I am delighted to have met such a huge personal challenge and to have played my part in the great 3Fox team's incredible efforts for such a wonderful cause – it’s up there for me as one of the best experiences ever.
"In the darkest moments I was 100 per cent reliant on Pat Hayes, Brendon Walsh, Tim Pearce and David Hutt and I'll never forget the help they gave me."
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