As Commonwealth Games opens in Birmingham, our friends at Together with Refugees asked people to run, walk or cycle a heart-shaped route to show solidarity with refugees.
Here in Norwich, the bike shop, Bicycle Links, took up the challenge and created this heart-shaped route. Congratulations to them for joining the challenge.
With the world’s attention on the UK, these games are historically ‘underpinned by the core values of humanity, equality and destiny’; an ideal opportunity to send a clear message to the government that we need a fair and workable alternative to offshoring those who seek safety in the UK.
Imogen from Bicycle Links, who recently became a Business of Sanctuary for their work providing free bikes to Norwich refugees, explained why they decided to get involved:
“Here at Bicycle Links helping people from all backgrounds have access to a bike is what we strive for. Even when the work day is over we still do our bit for the community. To have the chance to show our support for refugees through a bike ride was great fun as we have many keen cyclists within our team. We hope all the hearts get some fantastic local press attention and show that we, including many others, stand with refugees.”