A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy and his four-year-old sister are planning to cycle 100km in four weeks to raise 100 Easter eggs for Coventry Foodbank.
Elias and Irah Hindmarsh aim to cycle the five km round trip from their home to Coventry War Memorial Park 20 times this month as their mum, Natasha, runs alongside.
Proud mum Natasha Hindmarsh said: “We heard about the Foodbank’s Easter appeal through the Coventry Foodbank Facebook page, I couldn’t believe how excited the kids were to get on board – and not just to donate an egg ourselves, but raise money to buy 100!
“I just hope I can keep up running beside them as they cycle the five kilometres 20 times over the next four weeks.”
Elias said: “I just wanted to do something to help people, and everyone should get an Easter egg. I love cycling and think it will be a good way to be outside, do some exercise and help people at the same time.”
Coventry Foodbank is one of the biggest foodbanks in the country, with 12 citywide food distribution centres.
Their Easter Appeal hopes to bring the joy of Easter to many local families in crisis.
Hugh McNeill, manager of the Coventry Foodbank, said “The Covid pandemic has impacted us all – but those living in or near the poverty line have been disproportionately impacted.
“The small gift of an Easter egg can bring such hope to families in crisis, it helps them feel they are remembered.
“I’m so excited for what Elias and Irah are doing, and humbled that have recognised the difference they can make to those in need in their local community by doing something they love for a great cause.
“I hope they will be the ‘Captain Tom’s’ of their generation, and inspire others to step out for those around them in need.”
Recently, the Coventry Foodbank joined forces with Feed The Hungry, a charity which worked holistically with food provision organisations to find a way to end the need for emergency food in the city.
You can follow Elias and Irah’s progress, and show your support here: facebook.com/coventryfoodbank
Find out more about donating Easter Eggs see here.