Crowdcube’s Matt Cooper declared in a recent blog post:
“Techbikers is a tech-community collaboration to help children in need by supporting literacy and gender equality in education charity Room to Read. So far, over 100 tech and finance professionals have cycled from Paris to London raising almost £200,000 for this fantastic charity. Five of us from Crowdcube team are heading off in a couple of weeks to take part and support this awesome cause.
“My awareness of Room to Read, founded by the brilliant John D Wood, did not start with our involvement in Techbikers. John was an overworked Microsoft executive who escaped to Nepal for a much-needed backpacking getaway. On his travels he met a Nepalese Education Resource Officer who invited him to visit a school. At the school John was stunned to discover that the few books their school had were so precious that they were kept under lock and key … to protect them from the children! Fast forward 10 years and millions of children across 10 countries in Africa and Asia have benefitted from Room to Read’s program to bring literacy and gender equality in education.
“I travelled across Nepal, one of the poorest countries on the planet, during my time at One Water which is where I first encountered Room To Read. Throughout this period I learnt that if you could help with building blocks of life, clean water, basic sanitation, literacy and an education, communities possessed the ability to lift themselves out of poverty.
“I remain passionate about businesses that are focused on more than just returns for shareholders and we’re seeing an increasing number of them come onto the platform. Business like Cape Fisheries, Extremis Technology and more recently, Alquity Investment Management. Alquity is a $100m high growth UK based Asset Management Company with a mission to deliver returns through responsible, sustainable investment practice in emerging markets, giving back to the regions they’re investing in. .
“All of these businesses have realized that people don’t just invest in what they do, rather, why they do it and the good that can be fulfilled from it.”
Those who are interested in supporting the cause, may do so here.
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