It’s spring: time to get out on your bike, if you’re a fair weather cyclist, or, take the winter tyres off and carry on riding, if you’re a Finnish cyclist like me.
But what has that got to do with translation?
Some dedicated volunteers from Polish translation company TextPartner are getting on their bikes to raise funds for Translators without Borders.
In just a few days, on 19th April, they will set off on a loop around the Baltic Sea, from Poland via Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Finland and Sweden.
The total distance is 2300km.
And for the price of an Easter egg ($5), you can sponsor them a kilometre on their way.
The money will fund training for translators in Kenya to translate health materials into Kiswahili and many of the other 42 other local languages. These dedicated people save lives by making health care information available to people in their native language. It costs around $1000 to train a volunteer translator for a year, including providing a computer and internet access.
Last years’ ride funded training for two translators, but this year’s bike ride is 5 times longer – can we get 10 translators funded this year?
Sponsor the Translators without Borders bike ride here.