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Techbikers to cycle 200 miles to help improve literacy

Drop your laptop and get on your bike.

That’s the message that has convinced over 100 tech professionals since 2012 to complete Techbikers: a 200 mile cycle from Paris to London in aid of Room to Read.

To date, they’ve raised £100,000 – this September Tech City News Art Director Zarina Holmes has been selected to take part.

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Help build schools in Africa and Asia

Room to Read envision a world where all children can pursue a quality education, focussing on literacy and gender equality in education.

Two-thirds of the world’s illiterate people are female, and Zarina’s grandmothers and aunt were among them.

Zarina has a target of £500, which she says can go a long way.

£500 is only a month’s rent for many of us in London.

But to impoverished children in Asia and Africa, it could mean a new school library.


Techbikers is a collaboration of the London tech startup community to help children in need by supporting literacy charity Room to Read.

Organisers include head of Google Campus Eze Vidra and ex-Deputy CEO at Tech City UK Benjamin Southworth.

Since 2012 over 100 tech professionals, including start-ups, venture capitalists and executives have cycled 640km in two Paris to London rides to raise money for this fantastic charity.