Alumnus Steven Li is the founding member of Ride for Children, a bike ride in China which aims to donate resources to children in need as well as raise awareness and spread positive energy. On behalf of Newcastle University, Jessie Su, the in-country Regional Recruitment Manager for China, used her spare time to join Steven and participate in the 7th Ride for Children.
Covering 240km in 10 hours across 2 days, Steven and Jessie joined 48 great team members who are also committed to international education. Steven, currently based in the UK, completed the challenge on a stationary bike during the second UK lockdown with an aim to overcome challenges of muscle strength limit, isolation and loneliness. Jessie meanwhile joined the team challenge on the ground riding from Wuhan to Yueyang in what organisers penned the most difficult rise among the past 7 years. The team experienced heavy rain, low temperatures, bike crashes and flat tires to name a few.
Joined with Jessie, Steven hopes a small contribution as an ordinary Newcastle University alumnus, may encourage a bigger alumni community to realise the importance of such social charitable events, promoting health, courage, persistence and fight for equality in education in poor areas around the world – especially in such unprecedented times.
Source: Newcastle University