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Girl Power hits the island of Arran!

Sunday 20th June 2010 was the day that a number of young women swapped their cars for mountain bikes on the beautiful Island of Arran to raise funds for YouthSchool. Two young professionals in particular took time out of their busy schedules as doctors to take part in the cycle and encourage their family to do the same.

40689_473095062264_5854916_nUmaima, a future ophthalmologist in the making, and her mother trained hard for the Joyriders event which involved a demanding cycle from Auchrannie Hotel through the winding dirt path forest to the finish line at Brodick castle. Not only did Umaima and her mum raise the most in sponsorship, over £1,000, they also brought along the whole family for support and encouragement on the day including grandmother, father and brother!

On the day as a whole, Umaima said

“it was an excellent event and very encouraging seeing people of all ages training and getting active for a good cause. The off road hills on Arran were a serious challenge. I was amazed each time I made it to the top of a hill and terrified at the speed coming back down! The event was well organised and most importantly raised a lot of money for an excellent project.”

zara usmaniZara, a Scottish based doctor who is currently preparing to offer medical services abroad entered the Pro Challenge, a 90Km circuit around the Isle of Arran with breathtaking views of the Mull of Kintyre. While her male counterparts struggled to regain composure at each water point, Zara completed the route with ease and style. She crossed the finish line making her marathon seem like a breeze in the park. Zara said afterwards, “The cycle was challenging and the beauty was breathtaking. I’ll never forget the elation of successfully completing the circuit. A truly wonderful day out for a great cause.”


The temptation was too much for Umaima’s father who could not resist the last minute urge to join the fun and cycle the route with his family.






Ken Imrie, Chairman for YouthSchool said,

“The fundraiser was the first event for the innovative Scottish based charity that aims to set up social businesses in developing countries as an alternative to distributing charity. Not only has this event proved to be a huge fundraising success with overall donations exceeding £8,000, I am truly inspired by the will power and participation of all the Arran challenge cyclists who participated in this event and made it the success it was.”

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