Mike Mesrie's Israel North2South Bike Ride 2017
Once again I have decided to do a U-turn on my "that's the last time I do anything as daft as this" declaration at the end of each of my last 4 Fundraising Bike Rides!
I'm not sure quite why I keep doing these things as I am usually full of regret and curses half way through them. There is an incredible feeling of making a difference to a deserving charity in a way that you otherwise could not achieve, and there is also something about attempting a crazy challenge that also appeals to my middle aged mind (and body).
In total through my last 4 fundraising rides I have raised a useful sum of around £55,000 for a range of good causes. These challenges have taken me across 4 French Alps in a single day, through 2 stages of the Tour de France and from Geneva to Nice across the Alps in 5 days (OK, my fellow riders won't let me forget that I conked out after 3 days but who's nitpicking!).
So what could I do to beat that? Why not cycle across a whole COUNTRY?
So here it is...in May, together with a group of friends, I'll be cycling from the Northern tip to the Southern tip of Israel in 5 days. It's about 420 miles and once we're through the mountains on Day One the remaining four days will be spent cycling through the desert in mind-blowing temperatures.
I am supporting two charities, both of which I think are very worthy causes.
The first of the two charities is A Smile For Orly, a local (Manchester) charity which provides services and support to local children’s charities. The money raised will help to make a huge difference to young people across Greater Manchester - through bringing positive experiences to children who are in hospitals and hospices through funding Manchester Magic Medics at The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital
For more info see www.asmilefororly.com
The second, is a UJIA supported charity called Karmiel Children’s Village. This is a community home to over 200 children in 18 family units, who have been orphaned or are unable to live with their families which, is undergoing much needed development. Some of the funds raised from the ride will go towards supporting this project but in particular we will be contributing to the refurbishment of the family units.
For more info see www.ujia.org/project/carmiel-childrens-village.
I AM PAYING ALL THE COSTS OF THE TRIP MYSELF so every penny you can sponsor me with will directly benefit the charities.
I am aiming to raise £5,000. Thank you for your support.