<as a postscript/addition to my post below… up to 1500 people a week read this, if everyone just donated one £ to Shelterbox via my JustGiving page that would be huge, it’s less than the cost of a starbucks regular coffee after all… hopefully you can spare that much. You don’t need to live in the UK to donate and after all Shelterbox has global relevance :-)>
If you’re not already familiar with them allow me to introduce Shelterbox (http://shelterbox.org). They are charity based locally to me here in Cornwall that provide rapid response disaster relief around the world, for example providing critical early assistance to victims of the Asian Tsunami and Pakistan Earthquake amongst others – both of those events impacted people I considered friends as a result of my travels so this charity is close to my heart. Rather than try and reproduce all the blurb here I’ll direct you to their website, http://shelterbox.org, for a lot of interesting information about what a ‘shelterbox’ is and their concept of operations. Please take the time to have a look.
I have set up a Justgiving page here: http://www.justgiving.com/mikesimagination and I’d be very grateful if after reading this, and if you’ve enjoyed my blog, you are able to make a donation by way of sponsorship for my journey – it’s a secure site and you can use cards or paypal. In terms of bicycle journeys I don’t think it is outstandingly remarkable or even over-long, somewhere between 7000-8000 km but it will be difficult with a high percentage of dirt roads and riding at altitudes of up to, and maybe above , 5000 metres – all depends on how I make up my route as I go. If I have a target it is to raise one £ for every mile I pedal, even better would be one £ for every kilometre.. whether that is achievable or not it up to you reading this… <hint>. Just in case you’re wondering – my trip is entirely self funded…
That’s it, thanks for reading, I’ll be posting reminders as I pedal my way along the Andes… :-)