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Hi everyone

 

Thanks for visiting my just giving page.

 

As many of you know I will be cycling along the Danube Way from Donaueschingen (from where the Danube starts in the Black Forest in Germany) to Vienna, a distance of around 1,000km from 16-24 June with a few friends.  Some of you have asked me whether I intend seeking sponsorship.  At first I thought of just enjoying the ride (and the aches and pains which go with it!), but when some of you also offered to make a charity donation for my efforts, you convinced me that it would be a good opportunity to raise some money for causes that are special to me.

 

Well, as you may know I spent nearly four years working as a Volunteer (VSO) Town Planner in Malawi many years ago now (1978-1981) – Malawi is one of the world’s ten poorest nations with high levels of infant mortality, one of the highest rates of AIDS infections and with malaria, bilharzia, TB and other diseases prevalent.  Yet it is also one of the most beautiful countries I have visited and the people are very welcoming – not without reason is Malawi known as the ‘Warm heart of Africa’.  Whilst in Malawi I spent a lot of time working on development projects along the shores of Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake (uniquely it measures 365 miles long by 52 miles wide!), and where the local people live from subsistence agriculture and fishing, but suffer from malaria, bilharzia and other water borne diseases.  Many areas along the lakeshore are inaccessible by road. 

 

A few years ago the Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust  was set up to renovate the Chauncy Maples, the oldest ship in Africa (built in 1899) and to bring her back into use as a hospital ship to provide free health services to the 2 million or so people who live around the lake.  I have therefore chosen to support this rather special and ambitious project.   In addition to every pound raised, not only will it be topped up by Gift Aid, but the Malawi Government will also match every pound raised.  Their target is to raise £2m and so far they have raised just over half that amount.

 

I finish with a local Malawian saying– ‘Suffering is nothing so long you live’.  Well hopefully my few days of suffering on the saddle will in return help to ensure a little less suffering in the local village communities along the shores of Lake Malawi.

 

Thank you for your support.

 

Geoff

 

Raising money for

Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust

Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust

Charity Registration No. 1140117

Chauncy Maples Malawi Trust is renovating Africa’s oldest ship to become a floating clinic for lakeside communities in Malawi. Greatly improved healthcare will lead to increased school attendance, fewer working days lost to preventable illness, and better life chances for these communities.

Donations 34

A fantastic effort for a great cause

Donation by Lucy Emsden on 07/09/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Congratulations - a unique and special cause - Jon, Beatrice, Judith, Richard and Annika

Donation by Geoffrey Prince on 31/07/11

£250.00

+ £62.50 Gift Aid

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Well done Geoff. You just need some Pilates for the next trip!!

Donation by Sue Frampton on 05/07/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Geoff, a fantastic achievement - hope you're not too saddle sore being taken up the Black Forest region for a week. Roger

Donation by Roger Shipton on 01/07/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Not a bad effort!

Donation by Paul on 28/06/11

£50.00

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Well done Geoff, can you face getting back on the bike again?

Donation by John Cawrey on 28/06/11

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

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Well done Geoff - I look forward to hearing about your trip. Staveley Harding 28/06/2011

Donation by Dinah Martin on 28/06/11

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Geoff by now you will have completed your cycle - well done to you and for helping such a worth while cause in Malawi. Love from Gary, Dinah & family

Donation by Dinah Martin on 28/06/11

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Geoff, Great achievement for you and your Malawi charity. Very well done. Paul, Jackie, Richard, Laura and Andrew Harding

Donation by Paul Harding on 23/06/11

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

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Hope it's going well. Good luck for the rest of your journey. Steph

Donation by Stephenie Hawkins on 20/06/11

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Geoff, Happy to donate for Malawi. Ann can even remember the boat

Donation by Philip Lazell on 19/06/11

£40.00

+ £10.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck - you'll be super fit for tennis on return!!! Colin & Sue

Donation by Colin & Sue Mercer on 19/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Best of luck Geoff, dont forget the deep heat and I hope there is a nice G&T waiting for you at the end!

Donation by Samantha Tarling on 15/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck. Have fun & enjoy the beer. Pat & Allan

Donation by Patricia Knox on 15/06/11

£20.00

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Well done Geoff. A great trip for a very worthwhile cause. Steve and Louise Law.

Donation by Louise Law on 15/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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All the best.

Donation by Graham Bromley on 13/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Hi from Anni and Ed! x

Donation by Edward Salt on 11/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck, stay out of the bars but in the saddle, prost. Mark

Donation by Mark Newey on 09/06/11

£50.00

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Good luck! We wish you all the best! From everyone at Langridge Homes.

Donation by Langridge Homes on 06/06/11

£50.00

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Good luck with the ride Geoff. Best wishes. Jeni, Simon & family.

Donation by Simon Webb on 04/06/11

£25.00

+ £6.25 Gift Aid

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Geoff,I hope those shorts have got loads of padding !Good luck

Donation by Nick Power on 03/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Definitely sounds like a challenge Geoff! Very best of luck!

Donation by Donna Annis on 03/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Donation by Annika Prince on 03/06/11

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Best of luck Geoff, hope you have a lovely time!

Donation by Kiren Arack on 02/06/11

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Well done Geoffrey - I've heard a rumour its all downhill!! All the best.

Donation by Mark Birks on 02/06/11

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£1,095.00
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,095.00
  • Gift Aid£225.00

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