Hi everyone,

Thanks for providing a place just for charity events, as it helps get past that first post hesitation!

My name is James, from the UK, and i am one of a three man group who are trying to raise money for the two charities mentioned in the title

We are working under a "near and far" theme to reflect our concern for people everywhere: one charity to help people at home, one to help those a lot farther afield.

Cancer is one of the UKs, the Wests, most common serious illness and effects 1 in 3 people at some time: disease spread by polluted water, indeed no water all, is one of the most serious problems in many countries around the world.

By supporting these charities works, we want to, in however small a way, help people in their greatest needs.

The route of the ride reflects this too - from the lush countries in western europe, which represent where cancer is top concern, to the deserts of syria, jordan and israel, which symbolise the desperate need of water....

Jerusalem is a natural end point for our rider, him being a Christian, and that city being a real oasis in an otherwise arid place.

Please visit our website for more details - and please, if you can, donate via our secure justgiving sites, or, if you cannot, please make as many people as possible aware of the campaign incase they can give a little to help.

http://nearandfarcharitybikeride.webs.com

all money goes to charity, and you can give to either charity separatly if desired - funds for the ride are taken care of already.


Thank you for reading this far: if you would like more info, please email through us on the address attached to this forum profile, or through the website.
More info will soon be on there, and there are phone numbers etc.

thanks again,
james, James and Russ