International students on ‘Boris bike’ ride to highlight youth homelessness
A group of international students from the Borough-based London School of Commerce set off on a fleet of specially decorated Barclays Cycle Hire bikes on Monday morning to increase public awareness of homelessness amongst young people.
The students cycled from Borough High Street – where Depaul UK's London Nightstop has its offices – to the Stoke Newington base of North London Action on Homelessness to challenge the public to think about youth homelessness.
Inspired by the style of advertising campaigns common in their home countries, they rode Barclays Cycle Hire bikes decorated with images related to youth homelessness.
Along the route the students distributed information leaflets on youth homelessness.
"We want to raise awareness of youth homelessness to encourage the public to learn more about the issues so that they will support organisations providing support," said organiser Ky Long Tu.
The students are studying at the London School of Commerce in White Hart Yard and are supported through the Team v initiative run by the national volunteering organisation vInspired.com
Long added: "As international students we are here for a short time, but we want to give something back to our host city and highlight that young people in every country a warm secure place to live."