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Betfair LifeCycle Challenge - Down Under
WIN AN EXPENSES PAID TRIP FOR TWO TO A MANCHESTER UNITED GAME AT OLD TRAFFORD NEXT SEASON!OK, so we didn't win the Premiership this year, but we'll be back next season - it’s not called the Theatre of Dreams for nothing! It may be thousands of miles from Malta, but Old Trafford remains close to my heart and, give or take a bit of volcanic dust, me and Gary Neville can travel between Malta Airport and Manchester in just three and a half hours. He’ll probably be on the island by next Monday, sunning himself at his flat by the marina and bumping into Claire at the fish counter in Arkadia. Whatever the result of this year’s title race, there’s always next season for him to look forward to as the sun sets over St Julian’s, and I’ll be ready with a pointer or two over a few jars in Paceville if he needs me. Sadly I feel I only have myself to blame for Utd not raising the trophy this time around. I’ve not made a game all season and I think I’m the rabbit’s foot they’ve been missing. Not that I’ll be mentioning this to Gary. But, my friends, that’s all going to change next season, and despite the distance between Malta and Manchester I pledge to you now that I WILL be at the first game of next season - and at huge personal sacrifice as penance for this year’s lack of hands-on support. I’m going to CYCLE to Old Trafford in time for kick-off on August 28th, covering a distance of 2,100km, and I’m planning on completing the journey in just eleven days, at a rate of up to 200km a day. And to make things just a little harder still, I'm doing it on a mountain bike and not a road bike! And I’m not making the trip alone. As a member of the management team at title sponsor Betfair, I’ve joined the Betfair LifeCycle Challenge; one of 64 cyclists who’ll make the long trip by bike to Manchester this August. LifeCycle, Malta’s annual international cycling challenge, is now in its 12th year, and raises money for kidney patients at Malta’s Mater Dei Hospital Renal Unit. This year’s first leg will see me and the team – plus bikes - fly from Malta into Venice before we set off on the first day to complete 200km of our journey from Venice to Toscolano Maderno, in temperatures of over 30 C. The entire route will take us through 7 countries including Italy, Switzerland, Germany, France, and The Channel (by boat!) to enter the UK. The shortest day will see us cover a mere 90km, and the most challenging day, 150km through the St Gothard Pass in Switzerland, a 35km continuous climb over cobbled terrain to 2,100 metres. Come nightfall, there’ll be pasta prepared by the support team awaiting us, and a gym floor to crash out on, before we do it all again the following day. Not even the luxury of a Holiday Inn or a beer to look forward to!! Training is already underway. So far I’m clocking up in one week the mileage I’m expected to cycle in just one day, and I’ve spent a not inconsiderable amount of cash on skin lubricant! Of course in order to even attempt to complete the task ahead, I need to raise a vast amount of money for the cause, and I’m hoping to do this through individual sponsorship, which is where you may be able to help. Your cash will pay for patients with kidney failure and renal disease to receive the treatment and care they need. If you need further incentive to dig deep, one of the following may suffice... a) You’ve always wanted to tell me to get on my bike b) I’ll be in the dog house every weekend between now and August for not spending time with the family c) Saddle soreness will keep me incapacitated for the foreseeable future d) United may just get the start they need to do the Treble next season e) Every €50 donation will be entered into a draw to win the trip to watch United next season. The more you donate the more chances you have, so a €100 donation will receive two entries into the draw (all you Liverpool and Chelsea fans can sell me the prize if you win!) Donating through this page is simple, quick and secure. It is the most efficient way to give – so every donation goes further – and if you are a UK taxpayer and give Gift Aid consent the charity will receive an extra 28% at no cost to you.
Thank you for your support, it's much appreciated. Andy
About Lifecycle Malta
The LifeCycle Organisation was founded in Malta in 1999 to create awareness and generate support for patients suffering from end stage renal disease. As from 2013 the Organisation has now been registered as LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation.
The foundation organizes the LifeCycle Challenge, which is one of the most gruelling endurance events in Europe, pitting a dedicated team of Maltese cyclists against the elements in a long distance ride through different countries all over the world. This event covers an average of 2,000km in a mere 10 to 12 days and is held annually in the summer months.By putting such an extreme event together, LifeCycle intends to attract the Maltese public’s attention to the plight of patients of the Renal Unit in Malta, and to encourage generous donations from the public. These donations go towards the cost of treatment, equipment, research and improving the quality of life of patients on dialysis. Having collected over a million Euros since 1999, LifeCycle (Malta) Foundation hopes to collect more funds every year with the help of the generous donations given to the Foundation by companies and individuals.
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