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Watch the 2019 UCI Road World Championships, Volunteer Your Time & Help Raise Money for a Great Cause

· Ali Turner · Culture

The world’s best road race is coming to Yorkshire.

2017 UCI Road World Championships

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For the first time ever, the UCI Road World Championships are coming to Yorkshire and you can be a part of it.

This September, the best cyclists in the world will come to Yorkshire to take part in the biggest event of the year – the 2019 UCI Road World Championships. It’s the first time Britain has hosted the event since 1982, so this is a huge coup for the region and everyone who lives here. Not only can you watch the races as they sets off from 9 different start locations across Yorkshire, but you can also help raise money for a great cause by volunteering with Team Leeds Cares.

The UCI has teamed up with Leeds Cares to help support Leeds Teaching Hospitals, which means every penny they raise will be used to save lives and improve patient care. But they need your help to do it. They’ve launched their own dedicated event fundraising team to help support the charity’s activities and raise money for a great cause, so you can get closer to the action and make a lasting difference to people’s lives.

Leeds Cares

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Over 1 million people are expected to pass through Harrogate during the 8-day event, which includes a range of men’s and women’s races, from junior to elite – so you can imagine how incredible the atmosphere will be. As a volunteer for Team Leeds Cares, you’ll be right in the thick of it, at the heart of the action, which means you can truly make the most of this momentous event.

Team Leeds Cares has 300 places to fill and four different roles for you to choose from, which means you can find the perfect job. If you volunteer to be one of their Fanzone Supporters, you’ll be helping out at their Harrogate ‘fanzone’, right by the finish line, so you can watch the cyclists whizz past as you chat to visitors about Leeds Cares and tempt them over to their dedicated space to take part in a range of fun activities, all in the name of charity. Alternatively, you can volunteer as a Street Collector in Harrogate or at any of the start locations to help rustle up donations at the event.

With volunteers positioned across the region, they’re going to need some wheels, so Team Leeds Cares is also looking for drivers to help get their volunteers from A to B. This is no easy task, as there will be road closures across the city, so you’ll be a vital cog in the machine (and you’ll have some very, very grateful passengers). You don’t need a car, you just need a driving licence, but if you do have a van or a minibus, you’ll be all the more popular.

Finally, they’re looking for community supporters. This is your chance to do your part in your own community by raising awareness, handing out flyers or putting up posters. You could even decorate your house or your office. And it’s not just individuals. If you’ve got a pub or cafe along the route, you can get involved too, by putting out flyers for your patrons and helping to spread the word across Yorkshire.

Leeds Cares

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Volunteering is a great way to get involved and be part of the action. You can give anything from half a day of your time to a full week, and everyone, no matter how much time they give, makes a genuine difference. You’ll get a training session, as well as a purple Leeds Cares t-shirt and jacket to keep. Plus, Leeds Cares will cover your expenses and transport.

So what are you waiting for? Be part of the UCI Road World Championships – volunteer and help raise money for Leeds Cares, the official charity partner of Leeds Teaching Hospitals. After all, by giving your time, you could help save lives.

The UCI Road World Championships come to Yorkshire from Sunday 22nd September 2019 to Sunday 29th Sep 2019.

Cover image credit: UCI/Christopher Lanaway/SWpix.com