The devastating earthquake that struck Nepal on the 25th April last year continues to affect the lives of many. Around 800,000 homes were destroyed, and one year on hundreds of thousands of people are still without permanent housing. Raleigh volunteers have been working alongside rural communities affected by the disaster to improved water sanitation facilities, and constructing earthquake resilient houses in Gorkha with project partner Build Up Nepal.
Before the challenge Freddie said “I will be attempting to complete the cycle challenge only relying on the hospitality of friends and family to house me, to mimic those forced to migrate in search of a new home. This increases the distance I have to cover dramatically but does mean that I get to spend the challenge with you all.”
“I wanted to fundraise as it’s part of a general commitment to keep contributing charitably after my expedition last year, and I think my ideals align really well with Raleigh. I’d like to go on another expedition in the future as a Volunteer Manager to Nepal.”
Freddie took on the impressive challenge in just under two weeks, raising a fantastic £635, and completed the cycle with just a little sunburn and one tumble after hitting a cattle grid at the bottom of a hill on the way to Newcastle!
On his fundraising page, Freddie came up with some tips for long distance cycling along the way:
- “Never stop for a break right before a big hill.
- Try to keep your mouth closed so you don’t swallow too many flies.
- Trust signposts over Google maps!”
Freddie said “the whole thing went smoothly and I enjoyed every minute of it. It was incredibly satisfying reaching the coast at St Andrew’s and knowing that I had got there on my own back, but it was even better being able to finish each day and spend it with the amazing people who took me in and often cycled with me. Thank you to everyone who contributed.”
As well as his incredible fundraising efforts, Freddie held a talk at his old school encouraging people to consider voluntary work and helped out at a few events for prospective Raleigh venturers.
He is also attending our Connect, Create and Collaborate Global Alumni Conference in just over two weeks’ time. To join us and other inspirational alumni, get your ticket now at www.raleighinternational.org/conference!