For the fourth year running, Team Beca powered through the 2016 Tearfund Poverty Cycle Challenge last weekend, in a quest to combat the serious issue of human trafficking.

Despite the wind and occasional rain, each of our four competing teams Beca A, Beca B-Ware, BECAlm and Cycle, and BECAuse We Care smashed the 144km relay race, alongside 29 other teams, 27 individuals and 40 stationary riders. Team Beca A came 4th, with a time of 4:32:57 seconds.

Together, our four teams managed to nearly double exceed their fundraising goal of $5000, raising over $9000 for Tearfund. These funds will enable Tearfund to tackle human trafficking in South East Asia – through prevention, rescue, prosecution and rehabilitation.

"Tearfund greatly values the support, energy and engagement Beca brings to the Poverty Cycle Challenge" says Beth Harper, Tearfund Engagement Manager. "Beca has shown incredible commitment and drive both in the lead up to the event via fundraising activities and on the day. Arriving in branded cycling jerseys with a throng of up to four or five teams of six cyclists, plus supporters, Beca staff bring the company’s spirit and love of community alive."

"With shared values to cycling and strong, thriving communities Tearfund values this partnership with Beca and hopes to continue to grow and flourish."

You can see the superstars from Team Beca in action on our Facebook page.

John Mazengarb - Senior Associate, Building Services has been involved from the beginning. "The Poverty Cycle has been a great fit for the strong community of cyclists in our Auckland office" he says. "We have a wonderful crew of men and women at Beca who have enthusiastically got behind the challenge every year, and in addition to supporting a good cause, the team building aspect has been a great experience."

The Tearfund Poverty Cycle Challenge is a fun relay cycling event that challenges businesses, schools, clubs and groups to fight for the freedom of children and women caught in the worst form of human trafficking – sex slavery and exploitation. Teams of six riders complete a 6-lap relay race around a 24km loop in Auckland’s picturesque hills of Clevedon Valley.

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