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Betfair LifeCycle Challenge - Down Under
“That’s over 2 million meters you will be cycling and wearing lycra!...WHY??”.
As you all know, partly because I never stop talking about it, I took part in the Betfair Lifecycle Challenge 2009 from Istanbul in Turkey to Damascus in Syria. That was an emotion-filled 2,000km ride that challenged me both physically and mentally. As tough and demanding as it was, it was possibly the best thing I have ever done, most definitely a life-changing experience, so here I am again ready to take up the extreme challenge and also try to raise as much money as possible for the Mater Dei renal unit and its patients.
I am going to ride a standard mountain bike from Venice to Manchester over 11 days through 7 countries covering over a staggering 2 million meters, 2,100km in total.Its almost 200km per day, on the third day it’s a mere 150km…but that includes the notorious St Gotthard Pass in Switzerland – a steep 30km climb, to 2100 meters or almost 7000ft over cobble stoned bone shaking roads to make it that little bit harder!!!
· The temperatures will range between a British summer (OK, windy and raining) 10C and blistering Italian 35C! Our training schedule includes riding 5 days a week for 4 months.
· Our behinds aren't designed to sit on bikes for 10 hours a day, saddle sores are not pretty but any pain we are putting ourselves through is nothing compared to the pain the patients have to endure…
· Each evening we’ll be camping down in a church hall or a gym, nothing fancy, certainly no mod cons or hotel rooms for us, we’re lucky if there will be any hot water to shower in!
· Sleeping on hard floors and then getting up early and doing it all again the next day but that makes it the challenge, if it was easy anyone would do it!
Treatment of kidney failure and renal disease is extremely expensive but the care given is life changing.
Betfair is the title sponsor for a second year and 17 staff from both Malta and the UK offices have joined the cause.
There is a huge need for your help in the form of sponsorship, so while I pedal you can help too; simply by donating an amount, all the money goes towards the patients care and wellbeing!
LifeCycle is a Maltese charity now in its 12th year and we are all aiming to make this the biggest and best challenge yet with your help.
Please take the time to visit the websitehttp://www.lifecyclechallenge.com/
I hope you won’t mind me pointing out that donating through this page is simple, quick and secure. It is the most efficient way to give and if you are a UK taxpayer and tick the Gift Aid box the charity will receive an extra 28% at no cost to you. (You can donate directly to me below or to the Betfair Group.)
Thank you for your support. It is hugely appreciated!!
PS. WIN A TRIP TO WATCH MANCHESTER UNITED AT OLD TRAFFORD NEXT SEASON! Every €50 donation will be entered into a draw to win a trip to watch Man Utd next season. The more you donate the more chances you have! (i.e. €100 gets you 2 entries.)
Betfair are the official betting partner of Manchester United and the finishing line for the LifeCycle Challenge is Old Trafford just before the start of the 2010/11 season,
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. To do this it 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 achieved our financial target for the year 2011 by raising more than €113,000 and our other goal of increasing Malta's Organ Donor Register by 1,000 names, we hope that we will exceed both these achievements in 2012.
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