Virtuous cycle: the bike expeditions raising funds for disaster relief

Team Rubicon UK organises trans-Apennine cycle challenge to aid refugees and victims of natural disasters

Team Rubicon provide aid in the wake of disasters around the world
Team Rubicon provide aid in the wake of disasters around the world

In the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, a group of volunteers ignored government safety warnings and crossed the Artibonite River from the Dominican Republic in order to take crucial aid to Port-au-Prince. This modern-day crossing of the Rubicon developed into nonprofit Team Rubicon, which provides disaster relief by pairing first-response teams with the skills of military veterans.

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Five years later, the Nepal earthquake prompted a sibling organisation to be set up in the UK. Team Rubicon UK has its inaugural Rome to Rubicon six-day fundraising bike expedition on September 16. Veterans Paul Taylor and Luca Alfatti will lead the cyclists 400km across the Apennines to Italy’s east coast. Entry costs £695 (with flights, plus minimum donation of £2,000) and the proceeds will help fund projects such as healthcare for Syrian refugees in Greece and Ecuadorian earthquake disaster relief.

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