Imagine me, on a mountain bike that isn't my own, in 25-30 degree heat, cycling 350km in the foothills of Mount Kenya over the space of a week. And through a game reserve with lions in it. Way out of my comfort zone and heaps more challenging than a quiet potter around Hertfordshire lanes with the promise of coffee and cake at the end!
But Neil and I came back from a Kenya trip in June to visit the cycling project he set up in a school in the Kibera slums, and it is so clear that it is a really worthwhile programme for the kids involved. They say they're fitter, healthier, have learnt to share and to fix their bikes, and have built a strong group of sensible friends as a result. They can see a future for themselves. One boy said he wouldn't still be here if it wasn't for the cycling club. The school principal says school attendance has increased and the children show more confidence and engagement in their school work.
So this next fundraising challenge is raising money to start a second cycling club in another school, and enable another group of students to find good influences to shape their futures.
I am paying all my own costs, so every penny of the money raised via this page will all go to the Foundation. If you can gift aid it also, then that adds another 25% to what you give. The Wonderful donation site I'm using is great because it's a non-profit organisation itself and doesn't charge any service or processing fees.
Thanks for reading to the end!