Thursday, May 28, 2020

For Ben; cycle challenge to Istanbul and back

French Village Diaries #ForBen cycling 7360km to Istanbul and back
Team Kharma, virtually cycling 7360km to Istanbul and back #ForBen

Cycling Friends wanted for an epic virtual challenge.


For Ben; To Turkey and Back


As some of you may already know we tragically lost our 22-year-old nephew Ben to suicide a month ago. Ben, an army undergraduate, had been instrumental in planning a Trans-Europe exercise with his squadron from Loughborough University to Istanbul and back, for this summer. In his memory, and to raise money and awareness for neurodiversity and mental health issues in young people, his squadron mates set up the virtual challenge, “For Ben; To Turkey and Back”. Over 800 runners and walkers have already begun to log their kilometres in order to get eight teams the 7360kms from Loughborough to Istanbul and back. The original JustGiving target of £4600 was surpassed in 24 hours and currently stands at over £22,000.
 
French Village Diaries #ForBen cycling 7360km to Istanbul and back
#ForBen Loughborough to Istanbul and back

Team Kharma

Now it’s our turn and we need your help. We have set up Team Kharma and are looking for cycling friends to help us log the 7360kms and if we can, catch up with some of the other teams. All we require from you to join our team is to log your kilometres on a dedicated website (team link will be sent out to anyone wanting to join us) every time you take your bike out. There is no need for Strava etc, just record your distance and any distance will be appreciated. We are not expecting anyone to cover this distance alone, so even if you only use your bike to pop to the shops, we want you on our team. 

We would also love it if you could share the For Ben; To Turkey and Back Facebook page with your family and friends in order to spread the message that no one is alone, there is always someone you can turn to.

For more information check out the Facebook page or the JustGiving page and if you want to join us at Team Kharma, just contact me here or on Facebook. We are planning to start our journey on Saturday, please join us when you can.

Even if cycling is not your thing, we’d still love it if you could share this post, the For Ben Facebook page or the JustGiving page.

Thank you.


French Village Diaries #ForBen cycling 7360km to Istanbul and back
#For Ben; to Turkey and back

1 comment:

  1. Good for you! I will definitely share Ben's page. Good luck on this important journey!

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