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Get fit & give back

Knights In White Lycra is a Japan-based fundraising group of people of all ages and backgrounds, who through sporting events, give marginalized children living in care, better prospects of a successful outcome in adult life. We have raised over Y113 million since our humble beginnings in 2013.

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Get fit and give back

Knights In White Lycra is a fundraising group based in Japan, who through various sporting events, give marginalized children living in care, better prospects of a successful outcome in adult life.

Events for Everyone

If you are motivated by getting fit & giving back, we have sporting events for everyone. Age and ability is no barrier! In 2022 alone, KIWL has raised over Y15 million to help kids from challenged backgrounds, to dream of a better outcome in adult life.

Remaining Events for 2022 (check out our EVENTS page)
October: KIWL 500-5000 cycling challenge. Ride at least 500kms or 5000 meters of elevation in the month of October anywhere, any time, at your own pace.
November: KIWL Go-Go running challenge. Run (or walk) at least 55kms in the month of November, choosing your time, place and pace, solo, or in a group.
November 30th: The great KIWL Pub Quiz. Test your grey matter and raise funds from your bar stool, teams of 2-6 welcome.
December: KIWL Santa Ride. A sedate cycle down the Tama river to visit a children's home and deliver presents in your Santa uniform!

What does KIWL do and why do we do it?... Click HERE to watch our short annual video (produced by Custom Media).

YouMeWe

Our chosen charity

YouMeWe NPO educates care home children in digital technology, giving them employable skills for adult life, and support programs to allow them to become productive and independent young adults.

They develop language skills, financial literacy, and programming and coding ability. Career counselling is on hand and higher education support as well as offering a support network for post-care adults. Enhanced IT and communication skills, and a clear career path give the kids confidence and a dream of a brighter future. The kids also give back themselves by educating the elderly in their communities in the use of modern day devices. A complete cycle of giving back!

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Knights in white lycra 2019 500km cycle ride

Knights In White Lycra Facts

¥113

million

Since 2013, KIWL has raised ¥113 million (approx US$870,000) to help disadvantaged children.

9

years

KIWL looks forward to its 10th anniversary in 2023, we hope you will want to be a part of history!

97

sponsors

We continue to attract and retain corporate sponsors because the 'get fit & give back' philosophy really resonates.

25

countries

Our participants come from far and wide; Europe, Asia, Australasia, and the Americas.

1000+

participants

Collectively our events have had over 1,000 participants.

What our participants say

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Joining KIWL has been a life-changing experience. I've made lifelong friends and seen Japan from a totally new perspective, all while helping out an amazing charity. You don't need to be a professional cyclist (or have even ridden a bike, in my case!) to join this amazing community. If you have the desire to get fit and give back, KIWL is the group for you.

Miho Sainoki
500km Cycle Ride Participant
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As far as charity golf days are concerned the KIWL event was up there with the best! A beautiful autumn day, fantastic course, lovely company (who tolerated my awful golf!), and some simply fantastic prizes! Despite my unacceptable score, I had a superb day with golfers of all abilities and above all, the funds raised will be a great benefit to the kids in care we supported. Massive thank you to KIWL golf day organizer, Billy Ramsay, cannot wait for the next one!

Anonymous
Golf Day Participant
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I have participated in the Go Go Run since 2019. I got to know about it through an amazing friend of mine, and organizer Roger Berman. He is a genuine caring person and so is the event. The event is welcoming, heartwarming, fun, and real. Highlight of the event is meeting and greeting at the children’s home (before COVID) where you can have fun with the kids. Do what you love (this time running/walking) and can help others at the same time are such an amazing thing no matter how big or small.

Yumiko Kato
Go-Go Run Participant
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2019年から参加しています。友人でありGoGoランの創立者でもあるロジャーを通じてこのイベントを知りました。ロジャーは本当に他人への思いやりに溢れていてイベントも人柄がよく出ています。参加者誰もが心地よく、暖かい気持ちになり、そして楽しいイベントです。ハイライトはランの最後に子供たちの施設へお邪魔して子供達と遊んだり様子を少しだけ知ることができること(コロナ前)。自分の好きなこと(今回はランやウォーキング)を通じてしかも誰かのためにもなる。こんな素晴らしいことはないと思っています。

Kato Yumiko
GoGoランの参加者
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Besides cycling, I also enjoyed KIWL's annual Futsal tournament. It is great knowing donations are making a difference for kids with cerebral palsy who want to play football! Every team had at least one female player and one with CP. The  tournament was organized beautifully. Players followed the “10 rules of chivalry”, as we know KIWL always does! The competition was fierce but we were lucky enough to emerge winners.

Aleks Pavlovic
Futsal Tournament Participant
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