Charity cyclist travels 7,500miles to raise £10,000 to help reduce African poverty (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Barnard Castle cyclist travels length of Africa for charity
3:19pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A CHARITY fundraising cyclist is aiming to raise more than £10,000 from a 7,500 mile cycle ride through 12 African countries in six months.
Saddle sore Jack White, 28, has almost completed his ride through Africa from Cairo, in Egypt, to Cape Town, in South Africa.
The ride was in aid of Farm Africa, a British charity which helps African smallholders.
Mr White, of Barnard Castle, passed through Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
He said: “While Africa struggles with famine, it possesses 60 per cent of the world’s uncultivated crop land and has a huge capacity for development.
“That’s where Farm Africa comes in. They work with local farmers to pioneer techniques that boost harvest, reduce poverty, and sustain natural resources.
“By reducing poverty and hunger, they aim to end Africa’s need for aid. I truly believe in the work carried out by Farm Africa”
Mr White, who gave up his job at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews, Scotland, to do the ride originally visited Africa in 2003 when he taught in Botswana.
During his charity ride he passed the ruins on Luxor, Egypt, crossed Lake Nasser and the Zambezi River, was robbed in Zambia and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania Africa’s highest peak.
As he crossed into South Africa Mr White was met by his friend Connor Hill who will travel with him to Cape Town.
They plan to reach Cape Town on Sunday (October 13). Mr White initially aimed to raise £6,000 but so far he has collected more than £9,000.
Donations can be submitted to the fundraising bid by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com/jackcyclesafrica.
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