Posted on Friday, March 4th, 2011
The Great Bustard Group’s sponsored cycle ride is stepping up a gear as the GBG Team is joined by a group of enthusiastic children and teachers from a Russian school. The pupils and staff of School No 1 in the small town of Krasny Kut in Saratov Oblast have cycled over 20 km this week, despite the freezing temperatures in their town. The thermometer hit -36°C and schools were closed for several days but the intrepid students simply brought their pushbikes into school and cycled their miles around the gymnasium.
Krasny Kut is a small town on the banks of the Yeruslan River, situated approximately 45 minutes south of the field station. When School No 1 in Krasny Kut heard of the rescue project they immediately offered their help and now the children study the Great Bustard and its conservation, assist the Project wherever possible and even make trips to the field station to cultivate the soil for the birds.
On a recent visit to the region GBG Director David Waters mentioned the fundraising initiative ‘Cycling to Saratov’ and the children enthusiastically pledged their support. A map of the team’s progress can be found at www.greatbustard.org along with photographs and weekly updates.
At some stage in the coming weeks the GBG Team marker will cross with that of David Waters, who is cycling the whole outbound journey (2,032 miles) by himself. At this point there will be a celebration and some great opportunities to speak with the teams, including the unstoppable pupils of School No 1.
The GBG invites everyone to join their team, get fit and have some fun for a great cause. Details can be obtained from firstname.lastname@example.org.