For someone who didn’t even own a bike before deciding to ride through Africa, raising £250,000 for HIV and AIDS is an impressive feat. Inspired? Well, now you join Les Pratt on his next amazing tour.
Mission Malawi, ActionAid’s off the beaten track cycle challenge, takes place 12–23 May 2012 on the dirt roads of Malawi and the anti-poverty charity is asking those with a taste for adventure in 2012 to help raise funds for HIV and AIDS projects in Africa.
This is the perfect way to kick start your journey to the new you by challenging yourself physically and emotionally with this out of the ordinary bicycle adventure. If you’re looking for an adventure and an original reason to get fit then this could be just what you’re looking for.
Participants will cycle 400 kilometres through Malawi, exploring diverse and stunning landscapes. Along the way they’ll visit ActionAid’s HIV and AIDS projects and meet the very people that are helped through the sponsorship money raised.
Les, the ActionAid supporter with the original idea for this event said: “I knew I wanted to raise money for HIV and AIDS in Africa where the emergency is greatest, but I wasn’t content with just sending a cheque. I wanted to get involved and meet the people I was helping.
Working with ActionAid we were able to create a new and exciting charity cycle challenge different from the run-of-the-mill London to Paris route. The Mission Malawi ride is unique: it takes you off the beaten track to the heart of Africa and allows riders to see firsthand how the money is helping.”
Visiting orphanages and care centres en route, participants meet children and families and learn more about how ActionAid is working with local partners to change lives affected by HIV and AIDS.
Riders should prepare for an incredible journey filled with stunning landscapes, touching stories, tough realities, songs and dance.
ActionAid’s First Hand Experiences are a unique way of being immersed in the local culture, meeting local people and making a lasting hands-on difference.
Places fill quickly, so sign up now! For further information log onto www.actionaid.org.uk/
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