ViewRanger are delighted to be working with the BBC’s Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge starting on 9th November 2012. The Rickshaw Challenge team will be using the ViewRanger App to share their real time progress on the road via the charity’s website, as well as to assist with navigation and team logistics.
For this year’s Rickshaw Challenge, six teenagers – accompanied by TV presenter Matt Baker – are aiming to cycle from Llandudno to Television Centre in London. Following on from its successful use last year, ViewRanger have again kitted out the Rickshaw team with their GPS navigation app on smartphones and will use the ViewRanger location sharing service BuddyBeacon to allow website visitors to see the team’s real time progress along the gruelling ride.
For Children in Need’s 2011 Rickshaw Challenge, the BuddyBeacon tracking page received 4.5Million hits over the course of the event and helped people to watch the progress and plan the best place and time to go out and cheer them on along the route.
This year, Team Rickshaw aims to cover 411 miles in 8 days and hopes to better the £1.9 million raised by Matt Baker last year when he went from Edinburgh to London. The six young people have all benefited from Children in Need funded projects and are determined to show what they can achieve.
Every day viewers will be able to follow Team Rickshaw’s progress online at the Children in Need website http://bbc.co.uk/pudsey and follow the team on Twitter via #TeamRickshaw, as they travel from Llandudno to London. To Donate £5, text “TEAM’ to 70705. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message, £5 will go to BBC Children in Need, registered charity number 802052 (England and Wales) SC039557 (Scotland). Go to bbc.co.uk/pudsey for full terms and conditions. You must be over 16 and ask the bill payer’s permission.
The award winning ViewRanger app is specifically designed for walkers, cyclists and other outdoor activities and provides a range of navigation, recording and sports computer functions, in addition to the BuddyBeacon location sharing service. The app is free to download and can be upgraded to run GB Ordnance survey maps.
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Supporting Information about 2012 Rickshaw Challenge
Day 1 – Llandudno to Dolgellau – 51.56 miles (Friday 9th November)
Day 2 – Dolgellau to Lampeter – 58.68 miles
Day 3 – Lampeter to Swansea – 53.91 miles
Day 4 – Swansea to Cardiff – 51.59 miles
Day 5 – Cardiff to Bath – 54.76 miles
Day 6 – Bath to Salisbury – 50.81 miles
Day 7 – Salisbury to Reading – 51.55 miles
Day 8 – Reading to White City – 38.43 miles (Friday 16th November)
The team includes:
Darren (17) is from County Durham. Darren has had glaucoma since he was born and is registered as partially sighted. His mum, dad, brother and sister are all registered blind.
James (18) is from Kent. James has been a young carer for his mother, brother and sister since he was very young. When James isn’t at college he runs the household and looks after his family.
Jack (16) is from Essex. When Jack was 4 years old he had a kidney transplant. He is very fit now and takes part in lots of sport.
Jamila (18) is from London. Growing up, Jamila has seen young people around her turn to crime and gang culture. She now works as a committed volunteer, acting as a mentor for other young people.
Lauren (18) is from Stirling, Scotland. Lauren suffered a brain injury after being knocked down by a car when she was 11. She spent six months in hospital and was left with a broken hip, broken right leg and fractured left arm. She has re-learnt to breathe, walk, talk and eat.
Ciaran (17) is from Port Talbot in South Wales. Ciaran was born with cerebral palsy.
For further information about BBC Children in Need, please visit bbc.co.uk/Pudsey
BBC Children in Need supports projects working with disadvantaged children and young people right here in the UK. They currently support around 2,600 projects that are working with children facing a range of disadvantages – for example, poverty and deprivation, disabled young people and children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect.
To Donate £5, text “TEAM’ to 70705. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message, £5 will go to BBC Children in Need, registered charity number 802052 (England and Wales) SC039557 (Scotland). Go to bbc.co.uk/pudsey for full terms and conditions. You must be over 16 and ask the bill payer’s permission.
The BBC Children in Need Appeal Show is on Friday 16 November 2012.