Cycling from Faro to Gibraltar for charity

RGP officers at a recent fundraiser outside Morisson's supermarket in Gibraltar.
RGP officers at a recent fundraiser outside Morisson's supermarket in Gibraltar. / A. Bolton
  • A team of Royal Gibraltar Police officers will use pedal power to get from Portugal to the Rock to raise funds for a number of charities

Gibraltar police officers are saddling up to cycle from Faro to the Rock to raise money for various charities this week.

The team of 10 officers will cycle approximately 500 kilometres (311 miles) during the five-day trip that will take place between 6 and 10 November.

Under the banner of "It's Coming Home" the officers will be setting off from the Estádio do Algarve, where the Gibraltar Football Association (GFA) has been hosting its home international games until recently.

The officers hope to raise several thousand pounds for local charities including Cancer Relief, the Red Cross, the Club House Gibraltar, Prostate Cancer and the Gibraltar Senior Citizens Association.

Organiser PC Donovan Galia, said that cycling has become a very popular sport among police officers in Gibraltar.

He told SUR in English: "Cycling has taken off in a big way with the police force and we thought it would be a good idea to combine the cycle run with a fundraising event. We are grateful to the sponsors for their support in making the Faro run possible."

Commissioner Ian McGrail, added: "The Royal Gibraltar Police is keen to involve itself with charity and community events and this is a perfect example of the type of initiatives that we wish to encourage our officers to pursue.

"The cyclists involved will be undertaking a tough and strenuous sporting challenge for a worthwhile cause and we thank them for their efforts, spirited attitude and giving of their time to do this."

For his part, GFA General Secretary, Dennis Beiso, said: "We are very pleased to be able to support the RGP with this excellent initiative. It will no doubt be a tough task for the cyclists and we wish them a safe and successful venture. We particularly like the symbolism of undertaking a journey from the Estádio do Algarve to the Victoria Stadium - a journey our players and fans have been very familiar with. We look forward to the cyclists receiving a warm Gibraltarian welcome."

The cyclists will be kitted out in proper blue and white cycling jerseys with the letters "RGP" emblazoned across front and back, and the badges of the RGP and GFA.

The GFA is the main sponsor of the event while Bland will be providing the transport for the eleven cyclists heading to Portugal. Bicycle shops Ciclo Collado from La Línea and Bike Zoo Gibraltar are also providing technical assistance for the event.

On their return on Saturday 10 November they will be riding to Casemates Square in the centre of Gibraltar to collect funds at around midday.

To sponsor the officers visit the Just Giving page here.