Science teacher Rocco Cerullo, 36, from Berkeley, is taking on the 100-mile Ride London Surrey cycling challenge for us on Sunday 31 July and has been blown away by the year group’s efforts to support his fundraising.
“Our year group target was £1,000,” Rocco said, “but the enthusiasm and commitment to their community effort has raised a staggering £2,113, bringing my total so far to £2,363.”
We ask those taking part in the event for it to raise a minimum of £450 towards our research, awareness and support work.
“Ribston students have always given their all when it comes to charity and community events and I feel privileged to be working with such motivated, dedicated and generous students,” Rocco added.
In school students have run a raffle, held cake sales, washed cars, hosted tutor parties and held a jumble sale. Their fundraising efforts outside school include making and selling wristbands, supermarket bag packs, sponsored silences and busking.
“I’m very proud of their support for raising much-needed funds for Meningitis Now in aid of my adventure,” Rocco said.
Keeping up with his daughter
Rocco only took up cycling three and a half years ago, to stay fit and keep up with his daughter Elisia.
“I enjoyed cycling and got the bug for it,” he said. “Last summer I caught the Ride London TV coverage and felt inspired to take on a new challenge. Due to my science background I wanted to support a medical-based charity, and living in Berkleley, which as a community has taken the meningitis cause to its heart, I felt this was my opportunity to contribute.”
“As a teacher of teenagers, who are also at increased risk of meningitis, it was important to me to support the work of Meningitis Now.”
Rachel Oakley, Events Fundraiser at Meningitis Now, said: “We’d like to thank Rocco and all the students who have supported his fundraising. Their efforts will make a real difference to those who are at risk from meningitis and those whose lives have already been changed forever because of it.”