Rishi is just 12 years old, but took on a challenge many adults would baulk at – cycling an amazing 45 miles with his dad in aid of vulnerable refugees.

12 year old Rishi on his bike

What inspired you to fundraise for UK for UNHCR?

I first read about refugees in a children’s newspaper – I learned how hard their lives are and felt their problems didn’t get the attention they deserved. I also read about UK for UNHCR and went online to find out more. It was inspiring to think I could do something to help.

How did you spread the word?

Once I’d decided on my cycling challenge, I made a JustGiving page and emailed my friends and families, asking them for support. Of course, word of mouth was really useful too.

What challenges did you face?  

2 years old Rishi on his bikeThe ride was a big challenge – it took my dad and I about five hours to complete the 45 miles and we only stopped for an occasional snack or drink along the way. We went over many hills and along country lanes as well as busy main roads. I was pretty tired by the end, but I was proud that I was always in front of my dad!

What was the best part of fundraising?

I really enjoyed the cycling – and I loved checking every day to see how much money I’d raised! I am so grateful to all the people who supported me. I heard from UK for UNHCR that the money I raised could provide essential medicine to 45 refugees, so that makes me feel great about what I’ve done.

What tips would you pass on to future fundraisers?

Just do it – and have fun!

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