Break the Blockade with the Cycle Cuba Challenge 2014 24 April – 06 May
Over the years over 100 trade unionists have joined the cycle challenge with support from their regions and national organisations and they very much hope that in 2014 they will be able to broaden further the support for this unique solidarity event.
50 years of blockade
After 50 years of the cruel US blockade, Cuba still requires much needed material solidarity to support its social infrastructure. This year they will again raise money for essential educational equipment for young visually impaired Cuban school children and the cyclists will deliver the aid directly to the Abel Santamaria School in Havana.
50 years of international solidarity
Trade Union visits such as the Cycle Cuba Challenge send a real message of international friendship and ensure that the Cuban people are not left alone.
This year’s blockade busting Cycle Challenge runs 315 kilometres from Sancti Spíritus, one of Cuba’s seven original Spanish towns, to the historic city of Santa Clara. The route passes through Trinidad, Cuba’s best preserved colonial town and a UNESCO World Heritage site to Cienfuegos, where they have received a special invitation to participate in the inspiring May Day Rally alongside thousands of Cubans. Then it is on to Santa Clara, site of Che Guevara’s evocative mausoleum and historic victory against Batista’s troop train. They then return to Havana, for further exploration of this fascinating capital city along with opportunities to meet Cuban trade unionists. They then have a special visit to the Abel Santamaria School for the visually impaired.
The full details, itinerary and booking forms are all available to view and download below:
You can also see a fabulous three minute You Tube video of last year’s Cycle Challenge made by one the participants http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02W_oTTYbR8&feature=youtu.be
To be part of the Challenge this year the registration fee is £199. Participants will then need to raise the minimum sponsorship entry level of £2,699. They will give participants plenty of fundraising tips and are planning some centrally coordinated fundraising initiatives. Two people booking together can register for only £99 per person.