Bike ride to help end female genital cutting


On Sunday 20 September Vauxhall-based charity Orchid Project will host a fundraising bike ride, passing through Brompton Cemetery in Kensington, site of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst’s grave.

The bike ride is a chance for supporters to add their voices to Orchid Project’s campaign to end female genital cutting – and to help raise money to support their work to protect the human rights of girls and women around the world.

Female genital cutting is a practice which involves the removal of a woman or girl’s external genitals, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Orchid Project’s bike ride will follow a unique route: starting and ending at the Chartists’ meeting place in Kennington Park, it will pass London locations commemorating profound social change. Amongst many other fascinating and often overlooked sites, the route includes: the Ragged School Museum; Emmeline Pankurst’s grave; Parliament Square; and Clapham Common, where William Wilberforce and other campaigners began the movement to end slavery.

By joining the ride, participants will be part of the modern-day social change that will end female genital cutting. There’s a 45 mile route for veteran cyclists, and a 30 mile route for intermediates and beginners looking to test themselves.

How to join Ride for Change:

  •         Sign up at Virgin Money Giving:  go to, search for ‘Orchid Project’ and pay £25 to register
  •          Fundraise £150 from your friends, family and colleagues
  •          Get some training in
  •          Turn up and ride!

Thanks to the support of Cycle Confident, every single penny raised from this event will go towards Orchid Project’s work to project women and girls from cutting.

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