#fundraiserfriday: Cycling New Zealand

andrew brown

On the 23rd December, Andrew Brown will begin a solo bike ride of the length of New Zealand. Starting his ride from Cape Regina – the northern-most point – to the southern most point, Bluff – a total distance of 1,300 miles/ 2,000 kms. Andrew is doing this to fundraise for Toy Trust and the Matthew Elvidge Trust.

The challenge

“Famed for its hills and mountains, the ride across New Zealand will see me climb in total well over the height of Everest, burning up over 7,500 calories each day in order to do so. The physical goal for the ride is to cycle 130miles (200kms) daily in order to complete the total distance in just 10 days. Cycling over Christmas and New Year, I will have to deal with the harsh environment and relentless schedule along with the physical and mental challenge of riding alone.

The purpose of the ride, as well as testing my own endurance, is to raise £10,000 for two great charities that do incredible work for causes extremely close to my heart.”

Toy Trust

“The first is the Toy Trust, a charity that I have supported since starting my career in the Toy industry 6 years ago. This is a wonderful grant giving charity which, this year, is focusing on bringing joy and happiness to children with severe disabilities through their ‘Special Bikes for Special Kids’ project.  The project raises money to buy children with severe disabilities a bespoke bike which allows them to experience the joy and freedom of cycling and playing with their friends.”

The Matthew Elvidge Trust

“The second charity I am supporting is the Matthew Elvidge Trust. This trust was set up in memory of Matthew to help increase awareness of depression, its signs and the behaviours that may lead to suicide in young people. In the UK, suicide is the biggest cause of death in men under the age of 50 – a fact that truly shocked me. As someone who has suffered from depression myself and benefited from support and treatment, the work of the Matthew Elvidge Trust is close to my heart. It not only raises awareness of depression but also strives to reduce the stigma of the disease, encourages young people to seek help and equips and trains those who are best placed to give support.”

How you can help

You can support Andrew’s amazing challenge by donating to his fundraising page.

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