Each year we look forward to welcoming more intrepid riders and walkers to help us raise funds for the environmental, social and human rights projects that we support in Nicaragua.
For the last two years we had to suspend our bike ride due to Covid, but this year on Sunday 22nd May we are delighted to be planning not only our 20 and 50 mile rides, but also a Friendship Walk of around 4 miles for those who fancy a gentler fundraiser!
The current situation in the world might have stopped us from organising our annual bike ride but we weren’t going to give up celebrating 34 beautiful years of twinning between Sheffield and Estelí. Together with the students of the University of Sheffield we created this open Challenge that everyone could take part in and join us in our celebration. The Challenge consisted of performing a chosen activity 34 times. We would like to thank each and every one of you that decided to participate in some way and those who shared their pictures and experiences with us! There were some wonderful challenges during those 5 weeks, including sun salutations, stone sculptures on beach days, making a mega batch of 34 tortillas and some brilliant gardening skills. We had people involved from Sheffield, Derbyshire, Oxford and Estelí! We loved hearing about your challenges, loved seeing pictures of your dogs and their 34 Challenge certificates (very well deserved, great job!)
The Sheffield Telegraph ran a story on the challenge and our wonderful friends at TwinCafé also supported the event, running a promotion for people buying their coffee throughout the period and donating 10% of sales to our campaign. You can try their delicious wares by ordering here!
Thank you for sharing news of your challenges and beautiful pictures of places you walked, cycled or ran through. All are shared on our Facebook page here. It’s also a great place to check on the latest news.
We are delighted to report that we smashed our target of raising £1000 and our final total was £1424!
Below are a few images from the challenges people undertook to help us raise funds.
Do you want to challenge yourself? Do you want to keep healthy? Do you want to create a new habit and learn an excellent skill? Are you feeling kind of lonely during this strange time and miss hanging out regularly with friends? Why not try riding 34 goals, enjoying the spring outdoors and helping us to raise money! During the event period, you can use your fitness watch or Health app on your smartphone to track your process or just record your routes on a map and keep track of your miles that way. In parallel, take photos or videos to record the challenge and upload them to our pages (see main event info). And why not ask your family members or friends who are able to, to ride as well and encourage one another to achieve this challenge together.
Taking 34 Photos
With the development of technology on personal mobiles and digital cameras taking photos has become easy and convenient. You can use your smartphone or DSLR to take part in our challenge. How about giving yourself a topic and make a project of taking 34 photos of smiling faces, 34 photos of sunsets and sunrises, 34 photos of new recipes, 34 photos of springtime flowers. There are so many options you might end up taking 340 photos!
Reading 34 Books
Are you a keen reader? Or perhaps it’s been months since you finished one book? Maybe both things apply! Are you a bibliomaniac but don’t have time to digest the contents? During this strange year we don’t have an option to travel and are obliged to stay at home. How about travelling the world through books? Reading books is like a free ticket to see the world. You can take a photo or make notes while reading. Read whatever you like: a book, an article, a blog and let us know what you have learned! Come and join us!
Taking 34 Walks in Nature
The springtime is a beautiful time to get outside and notice nature and all the wildlife waking up all around us. Try taking 34 walks on the same route each day and comparing what you see every time you go outside in different weather and at different times of the day. Try exploring 34 different routes around your local area and see what you can notice that you’ve never seen before.
Whatever you decide to do don’t forget to share your pictures and experiences on our facebook and eventbrite pages and register on our Go Fund Me page to make your donation. Together we can raise £1000 this spring!
This year, to celebrate the 34th year of official twinning between Sheffield and Estelí we present… The 34 Spring Challenge.
Every year we raise money through local events and activities, including the annual Two Peaks Bike Ride which raises over £1000 each year. Due to Covid we have had to cancel the ride two years running. This year we are asking you to fundraise in your own way and in your own time, and then share it with others by taking part in The 34 Spring Challenge.
What is The 34 Spring Challenge?
The Challenge consists of you doing something 34 times during the dates of the event, which are Saturday 20th March-22nd April.
This can be anything! You could walk, run, swim or cycle 34 miles in a day or over a period of time. Not the sporty type? Why not cross 34 books off your reading list, try baking 34 cakes, or even take 34 photos of spring! The decision is entirely up to you! Take a look at some of our activity ideas here.
This challenge is open to anyone, so why not do it together with a friend or family member. Our goal is to add up all the 34s from The Challenge and achieve the distance between Sheffield and Estelí, which is 5282 miles together. Therefore, for every mile that you run or every book that you read, you will be contributing towards that goal.
How to take part
To take part, simply decide exactly what you want to do 34 times and donate to this fundraiser. Please keep us updated on the progress of your challenge by either posting pictures on our Facebook event page or by taking part in our event on Eventbrite (links are down below). By keeping us updated, we will be able to track our target goal of 5282 miles.
By taking part in this challenge and donating, you will be contributing towards a wide range of projects such as education, music and healthcare that will benefit the people of Estelí.
You can find out much more about the Sheffield Esteli town twinning by browsing our website. If you have any questions or would like to get involved in the group just get in touch!
Register your activity on theEventbrite page here.
Share your Challenge photos on our facebook page here.
For the Sheffield-Estelí annual Two Peaks Bike Ride
Unfortunately we have had to cancel this year’s bike ride due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.
We are really sad that we won’t see our loyal riders as usual this year on May 17th 2020 as was planned.
We have decided that as the situation is completely unclear about when sporting events can resume and a rescheduled ride may still result in another cancellation, we will instead come back with one in May 2021.
Through our ride we raise significant funds each year for the community projects we support in Estelí, which is facing its own COVID crisis in extremely challenging conditions, with wholesale denial of the scale of the issue by the current Ortega regime.
If you would like to donate your registration fee in spite of not riding this year, or some smaller amount, then this would be hugely appreciated so that we can maintain our commitment to the projects in Esteli.
If you would like to make a donation, please get in touch through our contact form.
We appreciate your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you in May 2021!
For the past two months, the State of Nicaragua has resorted to lethal force and violent tactics in an effort to shut down dissent, resulting in at least 200 killed, another 2500 injured and countless others detained.
WHAT ARE THE REASONS FOR THESE CIVIL PROTESTS, WHO ARE THE PARTICIPANTS AND WHAT ARE THEIR DEMANDS?
Come and find out more at a public meeting with two young Nicaraguan women travelling through Europe as part of an informational caravan of solidarity. Hear them speak and discuss their lives and aspirations in the current Nicaraguan situation.
Jessica Cisneros: A young activist who fights for the inclusion and citizen participation of young people in different social spheres in Nicaragua.
Yerling Aguilera : A young sociologist, teacher and social researcher who has dedicated herself to the study of the memories of the Nicaraguan Revolution and gender issues.
TUESDAY 10th JULY 2018 7pm-9pm, SHEFFIELD QUAKER MEETING HOUSE, 10 St James Street Sheffield S1 2EW
Further events in this speaking tour will be taking place in Brighton, London, Northumbria University and Edinburgh. For details please get in touch.
More information about the current situation available here:
Come and join us for a spin and a whirl on Sunday 1st July at the Broomhall Centre in Sheffield, with our wonderful friends from the Well Dressed Band.
Doors open 7pm, tickets are £8,£7 or £6, free for under 16s!
All your galloping, skipping and clapping will help us raise funds towards supporting our partner projects in Estelí, working with young people in music, theatre, gender issues, language learning and environmental citizenship.
We are aware of recent events in Nicaragua and in particular receive information from our twin town in Estelí. We deplore the shocking events and the use of violence, which have seen protesting students shot dead in the streets of Estelí and other cities. They were protesting peacefully about the proposed introduction to cuts in social security for older people and the disabled, many of whom fought for the revolution and the Sandinista movement in the 1980s. Some say that Nicaragua is moving away from democracy, disregarding the wishes of many people and censoring the media. The Nicaraguans who have made contact with the people of Sheffield have asked first and foremost that their voices be heard, and that their struggle for democracy be recognised. We welcome the retracting of the social security reforms and the introduction of a national dialogue. We condemn the use of violence against peaceful protestors and ask that the mediators, as has been promised , are allowed to do their work peacefully and with cooperation from the government .
A great crowd of people gathered in Sheffield on 23rd March 2018 to mark over thirty years of friendship between Sheffield and the Nicaraguan town of Estelí. The focus of the celebration was the naming of Estelí Parade, a new cycle route and riverside path in the middle of Sheffield.
The mayors of both cities, Francisco Valenzuela and Anne Murphy, attended the event together with Guisell Morales and Ricardo Carioni from the Nicaraguan Embassy. Francisco Valenzuela paid tribute to the love, solidarity and friendship of the people of Sheffield that has been expressed through the twinning since the 1980s. He went on to highlight the importance of Estelí Parade as a point of reference symbolising friendship and his comments were echoed by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield and many other participants in the event.
We were thrilled to welcome so many people to this event, the culmination of many years of campaigning and organising, to recognise our historic twinning on the streets of our city. Sheffield Live covered the event too and you can watch an interview with Mayor Valenzuela and Ricardo Carioni, deputy ambassador of Nicaragua to the UK, here.
If you have been thinking about joining the Sheffield to Esteli delegation in November 2018, don’t miss the Information Meeting on Tuesday 17th April, where you can find out more and talk to some of the people who went on the last trip in 2014.
The meeting will be held at 7pm-9pm at The Princess Royal, 43 Slinn St, Sheffield S10 1NW
All are welcome to come along and find out more.
If you are unable to attend the meeting but would like to apply to join the delegation, please download the application form, fill it in and send back to us on email by 31st May 2018.