Six friends are going to cycle from London, England to Cape Town, South Africa. The 12,000 mile journey through Europe, the Middle East and Africa will take a year and is designed to raise money for and awareness of street children.
Craig Pollard founder and trustee of the project Cycle Africa said: “Street children are the most vulnerable group in the world with no shelter, no food, no family and not access to education.”
The team members Pollard, his wife Loretta White, and friends Gareth Morris, Scott Carroll, Jodi Hookins and Martyn Roberts are paying for their own living expenses so every penny donated through their Just Giving fundraising page goes directly to help street children.
Pollard explained the team is hoping to raise £100,000 to be split between various projects, including the building of a halfway house for street children in Burundi and to fund a social worker in Durban, South Africa.
The Cycle Africa team will visit some of the street children projects along the way and record their experiences on their website.
At the moment they are busy with last minute preparations and final training sessions.
Pollard said: “It is exhilarating and terrifying. It will be emotionally and physically the most difficult thing we have ever done.”
Photo courtesy of Craig Pollard
The Cycle Africa team in training
He explained he first had the idea seven years ago but it was only last year that he emailed his friends saying he was planning the journey and asking if anyone would be interested in coming too.
He said: “We are normal people not crazy cyclists. We just thought it would be a good way to get around and see countries at a pace that doesn’t distance you from people.”
The team will set off from London on August 7 and are hoping 100 people will join them for the first leg to Brighton on the South Coast. Interested people can register to take part on the website.
To find out more about the journey visit CycleAfrica.