Copyright © Fight 4 Change
Description: Boxing for change. Fight 4 Change is a registered charity that uses the sport of boxing in inner cities in the United Kingdom to help socially excluded individuals. The groups deliver a range of personal and social development initiatives that can inspire, motivate and support young people in their life choices. The coaches that run the project not only deliver projects that engage young people in the sport of boxing, but also act as role models and mentors for young people.
How It Started: Fight 4 Change was founded in 2009 by former WBC Super Middleweight Champion, GB Olympic coach and TV commentator Richie Woodhal.
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If you are interested and want to know more, visit http://fight4change.org.uk/
Copyright © Blind Stokers Club
Description: The Blind Stokers Club, located in San Diego California, is a non-profit organization that helps blind people, who are prevented from piloting their own bikes, experience the joy of cycling. The group encourages setting and attaining goals, mentoring, teamwork and fundraising, as well as the joy and freedom of bicycling and the adventure of traveling with a group.
Its Impact: Since 2005, BSC members have pedaled over 100,000 member miles. Over 120 members of 60 tandem teams have completed the 3-day 200 mile Cycling for Sight (CFS) tour, and eight members completed the 7-day 620 mile CAF Million Dollar Challenge (MDC) Tour.
How it works: Tandeming is a team sport and requires 2 teammates (stoker and captain) to be matched in size and personality. Each stoker in the program is matched with a captain and tandem, with the intent that all 3 participate together as a team, during training rides and events throughout the year. Each captain will serve as a cycling mentor and coach for his/her stoker teammate. Captains and stokers have responsibilities for maintaining communication with their partners and club-mates, and for ensuring that the 3 essential components are prepared for rides.
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If you are interested and want to know more, visit http://www.blindstokersclub.org
Project Air ©
Background: Yoga to allay trauma. Project Air implements unique yoga programs to help victims of genocide rape ease their trauma and mental health problems. The organization focuses on HIV and women and has been endorsed by the United Nations for its work (first ever formal endorsement given by UN to a yoga initiative). Currently, the program is being expanded into Eastern Congo. There, Project Air will provide medical facilities that perform life-saving fistula operations for rape survivors.
How it Started: It began with an idea by doctors and activists of WE-ACTx (NGO). They wanted to use yoga to provide help and care to women with HIV and their children. Deirdre Summerbell, a volunteer at the organization, was asked to conduct this experiment in Rwanda. Initially, Summerbell was skeptical. However, once she got to Rwanda and started helping the survivors of genocide rape, she realized the success of the idea. The participants smiled and seemed to regain life. Thus, Summerbell decided to start Project Air in 2004 to continue exclusively with this idea.
If you are interested and want to know more, visit http://www.project-air.org/