Norwegian cyclists raise K80,000 for sports facility

NORWEGIAN cyclists on a Youth Sports Exchange programme (YSEP) to Zambia have raised K80,000 for the construction of a multi-purpose sports facility in the tourist capital by cycling from Lusaka to Livingstone.

Speaking after arriving at the SOS Children’s Village in Livingstone on Friday, Raymond Bommen, 27 who is the lead cyclist said the plan to cycle from Lusaka to Livingstone was made last October.

“We started fundraising in January…we started cycling from Lusaka on Monday and only faced the challenge of tyre punctures, rain and heavy winds. However, we have no injuries and have so far managed to raise K80,000,” Bommen said.

He added that the idea is to raise over K120,000 for the sports facility.

Bommen named the cyclists that covered over 500 kilometres from Lusaka to Livingstone as Kristina Anthall, Gina Bakke Bolstad, Sofie Rasmussen, Preciosa Lurås and Haakon Schiøtz, while Arja Bjorn was in charge of the medical team.

He said the facility to be built at the SOS Village would be utilised by all sports teams in Livingstone at no cost.

Bommen thanked Response Network, a Norwegian-funded self-help facilitation organisation which works in Kazungula, Zimba, Kalomo and Livingstone, for supporting the cyclists with a back-up vehicle.

And Livingstone SOS Village acting regional programmes manager Lindy Kasamala appealed to sportsmen and women and the business community to emulate the Norwegian cyclists in order to improve the lives of the vulnerable children.

“SOS Livingstone was constructed with the support of the Norwegian Sports Programme, on behalf of the SOS Children’s Villages I would like to say thank YSEP working in conjunction with Sports in Action for taking this challenge for the construction of the multipurpose sports hall at SOS Children’s Village in Livingstone, indeed we are so grateful, because it only takes a heart which feels for a vulnerable child to think about this,” said Kasamala.

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