15 Apr 2013

Long-distance fundraising cyclists stay in touch via MyDonate

Hannah and DiarmaidFundraisers Hannah Smith and Diarmaid McDonald are well on their way to completing an amazing trans-continental cycling trek for charity.

The duo’s inspirational fundraising challenge – which they’ve dubbed the ‘Farcycal’ - involves cycling across Europe and then down the length of Africa. The name Farcycal is a play on the word farcical based on the idea that the pair were prepared for a long and clumsy adventure.

Farcycal’s London to Cape Town route involves Hannah and Diarmaid pedalling 13,244 kilometres and negotiating their way through 15 countries over ten months.

Says Diarmaid: “Progress is great and we’ve just reached Lusaka in Zambia, after a tough six and a half day, 750 kilometre push through the hills from Malawi. Unfortunately, Hannah’s just been diagnosed with malaria so we’ve crawled into a guesthouse bed to recover for a few days.”

Getting there

“However,” he added, “We’re definitely getting there. Crossing into Malawi means we are officially in ‘southern Africa’. Our bike computer gave up the ghost for a while so we’re estimating we’ve covered about 11,000 kilometres with about 4,000 to go via Victoria Falls, Botswana, Namibia and into South Africa.”

“We left London in August and we’ve dilly-dallied a little bit up to now. But we've done the tricky bits like getting through the Egyptian desert and over the Ethiopian highlands so we’re aiming to get to Cape Town by the end of May.”

In total, the pair expect to experience around 180 bum-numbing days each in the saddle as they raise funds for their charity - The Gaia Foundation.

During the trip, Hannah and Diarmaid have been monitoring their MyDonate page to keep track of donations.

In touch with MyDonate

“It’s been so nice to get an email every once in a while from MyDonate telling us about sponsorship updates,” added Diarmaid. “It’s been a great motivator when it all gets too much. The trip has given us a fantastic chance to contribute to an organisation like the Gaia Foundation which is doing work, that the people we speak to along the way recognise, needs to be done. MyDonate has been a very easy way to do the fundraising while we concentrate on enjoying getting ourselves to Cape Town.”


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