Tour de Britain: round the coast in 80 days
An event to potentially rival Tour de France will see cycling enthusiast Sarah Bowen pedaling round the coastline of England and Wales this summer.
Setting off from Looe, a small fishing hamlet in south east Cornwall, Sarah’s anti-clockwise route will trace the shoreline using national cycle routes. From Looe to Llanrhystud, Pyle to Penzance, Sarah will be undertaking the solo cycle ride in aid of African Vision Malawi. The charity helps to empower the people of Malawi by creating self-sufficiency training programmes that can support thousands of local people and show them how to improve their lives.
Founded by her close friend Heather Palmer, the charity has, over time, achieved significant awareness in Malawi and is recognised by major agencies such as UNICEF as well as the government of Malawi.
The particular project Sarah hopes to raise money for is the Landirani Training Village. The vision is to create a self-sustaining training village on a 10-acre site. Aimed at supporting thousands of local people, it will show them how to improve their lives in terms of creating employment, organic farming, orphan support, reforestation, HIV prevention and many other important areas.
For Sarah, African Vision Malawi’s work is crucial in helping to alleviate the poverty and suffering faced in Malawi. She said: “The world is facing recession and there is undisputed poverty in this country but what we know of poverty is nothing compared to the utter poverty which the orphans and other vulnerable people face in Malawi.”
Until they are able to become self sufficient, which is the goal of African Vision Malawi, they will always be dependent on aid. Sarah believes that no one who has seen such poverty first hand can walk away with a clear conscience.
She said: “Contributing to this venture may seem like a drop in the ocean of poverty worldwide, but to the 45,000 people represented by African Vision Malawi it is their hope for a future and the future of their children.”
Following the successful use of MyDonate for previous fundraising events for the charity, Sarah decided to follow suit. She believes setting up her page on MyDonate has benefitted her fundraising activities.
She said: “it has given me a platform from which to publicise my cycle ride, an easy link for people to click on and donate to whether from this country or from abroad.”