Fundraiser to take on epic ride across the Rainforest for Verbal Dyspraxia charity - The Solihull Observer

Fundraiser to take on epic ride across the Rainforest for Verbal Dyspraxia charity

Solihull Editorial 12th Nov, 2022   0

A FORMER pupil of Balsall Common Primary School is planning to cycle 1,200 miles across the Amazon Rainforest to awareness of the effects climate change has had on the ecosystem.

Ride Across the Rainforest is a fundraising project between Central Schools Trust and Mikey’s Wish, aimed at raising funds to give all children the best start possible to learn to read, develop speech and language, use Phonics and to develop emotionally.

Pupils, staff and our supporters will cycle the distance in just two weeks, to represent the breadth of the Amazon at its widest point, in order to raise funds to support learning.

Along the way, the children will learn about the wildlife, the effects of deforestation, and why it’s so important that we work to preserve this unique ecosystem.




Biking across The Rainforest will be a unique way to fundraise, raise awareness of the effects of climate change and involve our pupils by bringing learning to life in a fun way.

Taking part in the ride is Mikey Akers, founder of Mikey’s Wish, a charity that raises funds and awareness for Verbal Dyspraxia.


He was chosen to be one of the Baton Bearers for the Commonwealth Games because of his charity work, is keen to promote awareness of Verbal Dyspraxia around the world and highlight the impact of deforestation.

He said: “This is a really good way to raise awareness of Verbal Dyspraxia but also to involve the children.

They have been working on Green issues and the Rainforest so what better way to combine everything.”

Howard Rose, director of funding and publicity at Central School’s Trust said: ” I am so pleased to be working with Mikey again and to highlight such important issues. This shows how working with Businesses can support learning whilst also supporting good causes, and its fun for all involved.

“Topics covered will include Maths, Geography, Science and Nature and also build confidence whilst working as a team.”

The event will launch on November 17, the day Secondary Schools in Solihull launch their own COP style convention.

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