Pedal power & solar power: Charitable migrant to cycle cross-country - literally!
A Yorkshireman - who hasn't ridden a bike since his paper round days - is embarking on a charity cycle ride to his childhood home in Rotherham… from his new home inGibraltar!
In a bid to raise money for cancer charities in both countries, Andrew Fitzgerald will start the lone 1,560-mile journey on September 4th.
Using solar panel and wind power chargers to use his laptop and phone, Andrew will be
updating Twitter and Facebook throughout and uploading videos to You Tube. His progress can also be tracked at http://www.gibraltartoyorkshire.co.uk
via a GPS system.
Andrew, 28, whose Mum has recovered from breast cancer, said: "My friends think I am insane! But my aim is just to prove that an average Joe like me can put himself in the saddle and go. I don't have a physiotherapist, nutritionist, fitness instructor or guides - it is just me and a bike.
"At this stage, I don't even know if I'm going to make it to Yorkshire. That's what makes all this so exciting. If people are willing to sponsor me to do this, it would give me additional drive and determination to get to my finish line.
"Thanks to modern advances in technology, my own Mum is still here today and if my efforts can help further the research of cancer specialists, it would be wonderful. It will be very tough, but the researchers and the sufferers are the heroes. This cycle ride is nothing compared to what they do."
Further information is available at http://www.gibraltartoyorkshire.co.uk/ which also includes a link to make donations.
Every penny raised will be split between the Jane Tomlinson Appeal in the UK and the Gibraltar Society for Cancer Relief.