Countdown to charity bike ride

With only three months to go, the countdown to the Straumann Charity Bike Ride 2013 is well and truly underway, as a group of 30 prepare to cycle 600 miles in six days to raise funds for The Cleft Lip & Palate Association (CLAPA) and Bridge2Aid.

Although different in their causes, both charities work tirelessly to provide help and support to those in need. CLAPA provides support for all those with and affected by cleft lip and palate. It also runs confidence-building camps for children and distributes bottles and teats for babies born with the condition. Bridge2Aid delivers dental care, education and training programmes in Tanzania, and run a community development programme for those living on the streets of Mwanza.

Explaining why Straumann chose these two charities, Managing Director, Stephen Booth, said: 'In the UK, approximately 1,000 babies a year are born with cleft lip and palate so it’s important to help CLAPA continue to provide services for all those with and affected by this condition."

He said: 'Likewise, Bridge2Aid provides primary dental care and education to millions of people in the developing world, plus lots more. Both CLAPA and Bridge2Aid are completely independent and rely on charitable donations, and Straumann are delighted to be able to play a part in helping them continue the excellent work they do.'

Straumann are ultimately aiming to raise over £30,000 for Bridge2Aid and CLAPA. Donations can be made online via

The Straumann Charity Bike Ride 2013 takes place on 19-24 September 2013, starting at the Straumann headquarters in Basel, Switzerland and finishing at the Head Office of Straumann UK in Crawley, West Sussex. If you would like to take part, please contact [email protected] for further details on how to register. Please note places are limited.

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