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College cyclists take on 500-mile challenge across France 

 Published on: 31st July 2019   |   By: Amelie Gregory   |   Category: Uncategorized

Charity cyclists from a St Albans school pedalled 500 miles across France to the historic home of the founders of their school. 

Students, staff, alumni and parents of St Columba’s College came together to cycle 500 miles from Lille to Lyon over 6 days to raise awareness of the College’s bursary fundraising campaign, ‘Changing Lives’. 

The College was re-founded by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart in 1955, has its roots in post-revolutionary Lyon where the first Brothers gathered in 1821 to provide an education for orphaned and poor children. 

The College’s ‘Changing Lives’ Campaign shall ensure that the College stays true to its ethos through providing bursaries to boys living in the local community, who possess the potential but not the means to access an education at St Columba’s College. 

To date the campaign has raised in excess of £60,000, and we look forward to welcoming our first ‘Changing Lives’ bursary recipient from St Albans this September.

Director of Communications, Admissions and Development at St Columba’s College, Jim Lewis, said: “I cannot thank this team enough for a truly memorable trip.  The camaraderie, support and laughter shared by 16 to 64-year-olds was inspirational and summed up all that makes this school community so great.  

“Further events will follow to highlight this campaign, so that come September 2020, we are able to award further bursaries to local children”.

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