LEJOG – fundraising for Wycliffe Hall

I am in training for another big bike ride.  The deails are to be found at http://www.justgiving.com/simon-vibert

Why am I getting on my bike for nearly two weeks in the second week of July.

A personal challenge

From 6th July 2010 Chris Leftley and Simon Vibert plan to cycle about 900 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats.  We intend to take about 12 days to ride from the Southwest corner of England to the Northeast corner of Scotland.  It is an arduous journey requiring stamina and determination to navigate through heat, cold, wind, rain and steep hills!  We feel both daunted and excited.

 A serious fundraising purpose

We are both on the staff of Wycliffe Hall, part of the University of Oxford.  The primary purpose of this fundraising endeavour is to supplement our teaching resources. 

Wycliffe receives funding from student fees and the Ministry Division of the Church of England.  However, Wycliffe has to raise a shortfall of somewhere in the region of two thousand pounds per ministry student per year in order to provide the professional development and ministry preparation required for 21st century ministry.  Wycliffe’s threefold aim is Academic Excellence; Ministry Training and Spiritual Formation.

The specific project for which we are cycling is to fund the upgrade of teaching resources in our main lecture and seminar rooms.  Being a part of Wycliffe Hall is a privilege for our students: there is the romance of studying under Oxford’s dreaming spires, in a listed Victorian building, with the daunting task of preparing to communicate the Christian faith to a 21st Century culture.  Our students work hard and achieve good academic results.  But at the same time, those Victorian buildings and cultural challenges require contemporary tools for the task. 

For these reasons we hope to raise enough money to upgrade our lecture rooms, and install modern educational technology such as digital video projectors and interactive whiteboards, eventually leading to the construction of a new Library.

 Our hope is that you will give generously to this project and enable us to reach our target.

 More information may be found at

 www.wycliffe.ox.ac.uk and www.simonvibert.com



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