Cycling for Charity in Underpants
Adam Dunn and Gavin Topley, both in their early twenties, set off on the 4th of July for the challenge of their life to raise money for international development charity ActionAid. The pair will be cycling through Cornwall in nothing but their underpants whilst completing their sponsored cycle from Lands End to John O’ Groats.
Taking no cash, food or clothes (apart from underwear), Gavin (left) and Adam (right) will set off with only the very bare essentials including water, ID, phones, a camera and a map. They will be hoping for free accommodation and food relying purely on the kindness of strangers to clothe, feed and shelter them until they arrive in John O’ Groats on 18 July.
Called ‘Gav and Adam’s Bollocks Bike Ride’, the cycle is part of ActionAid’s Bollocks to Poverty: Work It! competition. Bollocks to Poverty: Work it! is aimed at getting young people to put on events around the country to raise money for and awareness of the issues around global poverty. It will run until August 10th, when the organiser of the best event will win a placement with the Bollocks to Poverty team.
Gavin said: “I knew the charity worked to make a real difference to some of the poorest people in the world. Although we can only imagine what it must be like to live in the extreme conditions that people face every day around the world, we wanted to incorporate a little bit of that into the challenge- which is why we decided not to take any food, money or clothing. We’ll be relying on complete strangers which will be a humbling experience.”
Hoping the cycle will raise £3,000 for ActionAid. The route will take Gavin and Adam through many areas of the UK, including Exeter, Chester, Carlisle and Lochness. They will be biking an average of seventy miles a day, so it is essential that they find accommodation and food in order to complete the challenge.
If you would like to find out more about Gav and Adams Bollocks bike ride, or help them out on route, log on to http://www.myactionaid.org.uk/bollocksbikeride/adam-and-gavs-bollocks-bike-ride or call 0207 561 7667.
To find out more about the Bollocks to Poverty: Work It! competition, see www.actionaid.org.uk/bollocks
ActionAid works to end global poverty and injustice in Africa, Asia and the Americas.