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Cycling for a cause

Joao Amado

Portuguese cyclist Joao Amado and a number of other cyclists will take to the road tomorrow in an effort to heighten the awareness of world hunger and the importance of sharing food.

The cycling event, which has the blessing of the Barbados Cycling Union and was launched earlier in the week, starts at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex at 6 a.m.

The route of the event goes from the gymnasium to the Grantley Adams International Airport, onto Six Roads, St Philip, and returns to the gymnasium via Woodbourne.

According to Amado, who is a volunteer with the World-Wide Agriculture to Stop Hunger, the aim of WWASH was to balance the equation between the abundance of food being produced and hunger in the world.

Amado said the food being wasted around the world could be donated to people who need it the most, inclusive of Barbados, especially in the event of some national disaster. So far Amado has visited three Caribbean countries including the Bahamas, Jamaica and now Barbados.

The current initiative is scheduled for the next three months and for every country which Amado visits, he will be spending one week. Business International Network (BIN) which is a charitable foundation located in 48 countries has been supporting Amado with his volunteer work.

According to Curtis Belgrave, the national director of Barbados BIN, their job was to facilitate Amado with all the necessary assistance and to work with him to meet other organisations. President of the Barbados Cycling Union, Keith Yearwood, said the event was not only for cyclists, but for anyone who desired to take part in the worthy cause which would help to raise funds for the BIN foundation that would also go towards funding the education of children. (ML)

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