KIWL Raises Funds for Disadvantaged Children in Japan

July 13, 2016


On 26 May 2016, Knights in White Lycra (KIWL) - 42 men and women from 10 countries, from their 20s to 60s, from beginners to accomplished - embarked on a 520km cycle ride from Tokyo to Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture, to raise funds for Mirai no Mori, a non-profit organization providing life-changing outdoor programmes for abused, neglected, and orphaned Japanese children.

Despite punctures and a few falls, all riders completed the journey safely and arrived at a children's home to be greeted by cheers and smiles.

As of 4 July 2016, KIWL has raised ¥9,198,297. This will send 20 children to three years of summer camp to provide them with a long-term sustainable healing and self-development path for a brighter future as adults. It will also help launch the ''Leader in Training'' initiative to build leadership skills in the older children.

KIWL raise funds and awareness for community-based projects in Japan, benefiting disadvantaged children. In its 4-year history, KIWL has raised ¥24.6 million (approx. US$243,000/GBP190,000). 

BCCJ member and KIWL founder Rob Williams, other cyclists, and Mirai no Mori’s Kozue Oka and Jeff Jenson talked to BIJ.TV about the 520km journey, why they did it, and how the funds they raised will make a difference in the lives of abused, neglected, and orphaned children.

Watch the video HERE

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