12th August 2016

Máire and the team pose for a selfie at Broadwood
Máire and the team pose for a selfie at Broadwood

A group of Nil By Mouth volunteers have cycled across Glasgow and Lanarkshire to raise money for schools who work together to battle bigotry.

The group raised over £1000 for the charity’s ‘Champions for Change Appeal‘ with their ‘Big Cycle‘ event. The appeal has been set up to support the charity’s schools programme which encourages pupils from different cultures and backgrounds to work together through a series of interactive workshops and collaborative events.

Hitting the road on the first day of the 2016/17 SPFL season, Máire Cooney led a peloton of volunteers  across a specially designed ‘Big Cycle’ route taking in some of Glasgow’s most famous football teams and grounds including; Firhill, Ibrox, Cathkin Park, Hampden, Celtic Park and Broadwood. The money raised will help to support Nil By Mouth’s national schools programme, which is currently offered free of charge to participating schools.

Máire and co catch their breath at Celtic Park
Máire and co catch their breath at Celtic Park

The football loving cyclists chose a route through some of Scottish football’s most iconic landmarks in support of Nil By Mouth’s ‘Kiss Bigotry Goodbye’ campaign. The hugely successful campaign seeks to promote the positive face of Scottish football through a range of events with football clubs, fan groups and local schools.

The charity is absolutely delighted that the Scottish public have shown such support for ‘The Big Cycle’ as it will help even more pupils to join in the fun.


Nil By Mouth Education Officer, Jamie Lithgow said:
“It is absolutely fantastic to not only hear about the efforts of the cyclists, but also the generosity of the Scottish public to help support our schools programme. Last term Nil By Mouth delivered workshops to over 7000 pupils in over 100 schools. The efforts of Máire and her group will help us to continue delivering fun, interactive and challenging workshops free of charge to primary and secondary schools across Scotland.”



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