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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

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Rohit to ride coast to coast across Africa

A Brigham man will cycle 2,500 miles across Africa to raise £14,000 for charity.

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LONG DISTANCE CYCLIST: Brigham man Rohit Rao is to cycle 2,500 miles across Africa to raise £14,000 for charities

Rohit Rao, 22, of the Old Vicarage, will start his journey on June 26 to raise money for One Water, which will go towards building a water pump in a village in Malawi that Rohit will pass through on his journey.

Half the funds raised will go towards the water pump, while the other half will go to charities Macmillan Cancer Support, the RNLI, Cancer Research UK, Children’s Hospice Association, Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres and Medecins Sans Frontieres.

Rohit will undertake the challenge with four friends who have so far raised more than £4,000.

They will start from Mozambique on the Indian Ocean coast and travel through Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and across the Kalahari desert to finish on the west coast in Namibia.

Rohit, who is studying at St Andrews University, said: “I wanted to do something really impressive for charity.

“I came up with the idea and then I had to find other people to come. I got support from students from all parts of the university.

“I have experience of Africa because I have lived in Madagascar and have volunteered in Tanzania.

“With all our knowledge and skills I think we have what it takes to get across Africa.”

Apart from the distance, Rohit said his team would face other challenges. They will be staying in villages with not much clean running water and will be cycling in extreme hot weather.

He said: “This will be the best thing I have ever done in my life.

“I want to bring my cycling to another part of the world but we know every single day is going to be tough.

“We will be pitching camp and setting up every day, making sure our water is safe to drink, find food and will be doing that all over again every single day which is a tough ask. It will be a psychological battle more than anything else.”

Rohit and his team will be cycling an average of 70 miles a day and will take a rest day once every five days.

They expect to arrive in Namibia on August 27.

Rohit will be visiting other projects while on his challenge. As well as seeing the village where the water pump will be built, he will visit a church in Malawi and a cycling scheme in Botswana.

He added: “I think we will see some amazing work and it will help to break down political barriers.”

To sponsor Rohit, visit www.justgiving.com/Rohit-Rao

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