June 26, 2022

TWO SCOTS sporting stars are coming collectively to support a charity marketing campaign to give work, houses and food stuff for homeless people.

Famed bike owner Sir Chris Hoy and former Scotland rugby captain Al Kellock will be backing Social Bite’s Break the Cycle marketing campaign.

Hoy and Kellock will be donning lycra as Social Chunk when once more launches its Break the Cycle campaign to elevate £1m to fund vital projects to close homelessness.

Following their very first occasion previous year, contributors are invited this year to make the 60-mile cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh with the goal of boosting important funds to support its motion to conclusion homelessness.

Sir Chris Hoy (R) during the 2021 route.
Sir Chris Hoy (R) previously joined the charity on past year’s cycle route.

This calendar year also sees the introduction of new 20-mile and 3-mile cycle routes, to guarantee chances for all ages and capabilities – from professional cyclists as a result of to households.

The Crack the Cycle party will just take spot on Sunday 4th September, with the two Scots sportsmen top the demand and using from Glasgow to Edinburgh.

Contributors can indication up to “Team Hoy” and set off on the 60-mile cycle with Sir Chris Hoy from the Velodrome.

Rugby lovers can signal up to “Team Tom Smith” captained by Al Kellock, and joined by other huge rugby names to set off from Glasgow Warrior’s Scotstoun stadium and experience throughout the metropolis to sign up for an envisioned 1,000 members in the cycling problem to Edinburgh.

10% of all fundraising from this team will be donated to a believe in that has been set up by the Scottish Rugby community in help of Tom Smith’s household, soon after the former Scotland and British & Irish Lions prop passed absent in April 2022.

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The route will finish at BT Murrayfield Stadium, wherever fundraisers can appreciate performances from a range of local functions as nicely as refreshments. 

Josh Littlejohn MBE, CEO and co-founder of Social Bite, said: “Break the Cycle is again this yr, bigger and far better and thrilled to have Sir Chris and Al on board to at the time all over again support us elevate a lot-necessary funds to split the cycle of homelessness.

“The money elevated at Break the Cycle will support us aid folks across the state who have experienced homelessness, regardless of whether that’s by supporting men and women to locate a safe area to contact property, empowering men and women to get a task, or by providing free, refreshing foods to people today who are homeless or in meals poverty.

“With our new routes this year, the guidance of our famous faces getting involved, and what promises to be a authentic festival come to feel at the complete line at BT Murrayfield, we’re in for a definitely fascinating event.”

Sir Chris Hoy mentioned: “I’ve been a very pleased supporter of Social Chunk for a selection of decades now, from the very initial snooze-out celebration in 2016 via to the 1st Break the Cycle event very last yr.

“The get the job done they do is inspiring and has these types of a beneficial effects on so lots of people’s life so it’s generally good to assistance out in what ever way I can.

“I had good fun in 2021 cycling with all the other fundraisers and cannot hold out to return once again this September for what promises to be an even even bigger and far better function for a excellent result in.”

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Al Kellock mentioned: “I’m thrilled that myself and Glasgow Warriors are supporting Social Bite with its Crack the Cycle marketing campaign which does so a great deal to assistance support individuals who need to have it most.

“I would really encourage Scottish Rugby admirers to be part of me in setting off from Scotstoun Stadium all the way to BT Murrayfield.

“I’m actually wanting ahead to increasing as significantly cash as feasible for the induce as nicely as supporting the creation of a have faith in for Tom Smith’s spouse and children immediately after his tragic passing.”

The Social Chunk Fund is a registered charity in Scotland on a mission to finish homelessness via progressive housing alternatives and groundbreaking work and help programmes. 

Social Chunk is the greatest distributor of cost-free refreshing meals to the homeless in the British isles, offering out additional than 180,000 merchandise of food items and very hot drinks for every yr.

Social Bite’s 2017 and 2018 Rest in Park gatherings in Scotland elevated pretty much £8m and saw additional than 18,000 individuals sleeping out. 

With resources elevated from Rest in the Park functions, The Social Bite Village was created in Could 2018 and 43 persons have due to the fact been housed in the accommodation.

To find out additional, signal-up, or donate, please visit: breakthecycle.co.british isles