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5000-mile bike ride team on their way to Africa to raise orphanage funds

A group of six volunteers are cycling some 5000 miles to help raise £20,000 for the work of Christian charity the Raising Hope Foundation at an orphanage in Santrokofi, Ghana ...

A group of six volunteers are cycling some 5000 miles to help raise £20,000 for the work of Christian charity the Raising Hope Foundation at an orphanage in Santrokofi, Ghana ...

Chris Thomas, Ashley Middlewick, Tom Smith, Mark Watson, Michelle Cassell and Kinza Louise are cycling from The North Cape at the northernmost tip of Scandanavia to Santrokofi, before spending two weeks volunteering at the orphanage.

The epic cycle trek began on 27 May in Scandinavia and the team hope to arrive in Ghana by 10 September. Their journey will take them from the freezing north, deep within the Arctic Circle through Europe and into Africa via Morocco and the Western Sahara, with two and half months of 90-100-miles-a-day rides.

Michelle is charting their progress and blogging at blogforpoverty.wordpress.com, there's a Facebook page, and you can donate at the team online giving page here.

To get an insight into the challenge, here's an excerpt from Michelle's blog, late last month:

"I’m not going to lie, this trip is hard. I had a couple of moments today when I seriously considered giving up and coming home.

"Yesterday was a tremendously long day, 7am flight from Heathrow to Oslo, flight from Oslo to Alta, a 4 hour bus journey to Honningsvag, assemble six bikes and attach all luggage, cycle 20miles to Nordkapp up some very long very steep hills, I would class them more as mountains and finally arrive at Nordkapp just after midnight. It took roughly 3 hours to cycle 20 miles, that’s how hard the climbs were.

"Today we woke up to cycle that same strenuous stretch of road back to Honningsvag and then on to Olderfjord, totalling 78 miles. The longest I had ever done before was 54. Tomorrow we do 86. I am exhausted and its only day 2.

"What’s keeping me going? Firstly, the scenery and knowing that God is in all of the natural beauty and wonder that I am witnessing. Secondly, knowing that I am doing this to help children far less fortunate then me. I am helping to provide them with a home and a family. Every time my legs burn beyond belief I remember the reasons why I am doing this, I take a 30 second breather and keep going."


The Raising Hope Foundation have been working in the village of Santrokofi for the last four years, supporting the children there by operating summer schools, and scholarship programmes and once the orphanage is finished it will provide a home for 60 of the local children.

Find out more at www.raisinghopefoundation.co.uk

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