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The Knights In White Lycra is a Japan-based fundraising group of people of all ages and backgrounds, who through sporting and social events, give marginalized children living in care, better prospects of a successful outcome in adult life. Together with our sponsors, participants, donors and volunteers, we have raised over Y132 million since our humble beginnings in 2013, which has given these fragile children life-changing opportunities.

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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.

KIWL Updates, News & Events

We have just launched our official 10th anniversary video ( courtesy of Custom Media). If you can spare 5 minutes, just click HERE. If you like it, please 'like' it!

We have events for everyone; cycling, running, walking, futsal, golf, even a pub quiz! Do the sport you love (or try a new one!), and arm kids from challenged backgrounds, with skills needed for a more successful outcome in adult life. Join the KIWL family, just go to the events page and find out more!

What do we have left for the remainder of the year?...

Month of October: Virtual cycling challenge - ride at least 500kms and/or climb more than 5000 meters of elevation, and be in with a chance of some fabulous hotel experiences and other goodies in our Achievers Prize Draw, courtesy of IHG Hotels. Ride anywhere, any time, alone or in a group, just log your activities by joining the KIWL 500:5000 Club on Strava, after you have made a Y5,000 donation to our chosen charity. Click HERE for more information.

Month of November: Virtual running challenge - based on similar parameters to the cycling, but your challenge is to run at least 55kms in the month of November. Entry fee is Y5,500 or Y2,000 for students. As part of the challenge, we have an voluntary in-person running day on the Tama River on Sunday November 12th. Click HERE for more information.

November 30th: KIWL Xmas Pub Quiz at the Hobgoblin, Roppongi

December 16th: KIWL Santa Bike Ride to a local children's home to deliver presents and enjoy some time together with the kids.

Mirai no Mori

Our chosen charity....

A not-for-profit organization that creates life-changing outdoor programs for abused, neglected, and orphaned children in Japan, supporting their growth into happy and successful young adults. Through summer and winter multi-day camps and one-day activities, children are encouraged to overcome their fears, to find self-confidence, and discover the skills to work happily in a team environment, both as a member and leader. Skills needed for their lives beyond care.

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Knights in white lycra 2019 500km cycle ride

Knights In White Lycra Facts



Since 2013, KIWL has raised nearly ¥132 million to help disadvantaged children.



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



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



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



Collectively our events have attracted well 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
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As far as charity golf days are concerned the KIWL event was up there with the best! A fantastic course, lovely company (who tolerated my awful golf!), and some 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 kids in care. Massive thank you to KIWL golf day organizer, Billy Ramsay. Cannot wait for the next one!

Hans Heijiligers
Golf Day
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I have participated in the Go Go Run since 2019. I found out through a friend, and organizer, Roger Berman, a genuine caring person and so is the event which is welcoming, heartwarming, and fun. The highlight is meeting the kids at the children’s home (before COVID) where you can have fun with them. Do what you love (running/walking) and can help others at the same time, such an amazing thing no matter how big or small.

Yumiko Kato
Go-Go Run/Walk
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Kato Yumiko
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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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