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I've always wanted to cycle around the coast of Great Britain and to raise funds for Gearing Up 4 Gorillas at the same time makes it doubly exciting - no pressure then!

Gearing Up 4 Gorillas (G4G) is currently trying to equip and staff the first ever Environmental Education Centre in Virunga National Park, DR Congo, where some 200 of the last remaining mountain gorillas live. The rangers do a fantastic job protecting the gorillas and now want to inspire the next generation of 'Virunga Guardians', to love and look after the wildlife on their doorsteps.

£5 will buy materials for the children to use; £10 will help provide displays in the Centre and £20 will pay for a teacher for a week!

The route will take me around 2 months to complete and will total approx 4,5000 miles. After months of planning it looks like I'll be passing through 55 Counties, crossing at least 10 major bridges and using some 36 local ferries. I will be passing through 8 National Parks and, of course, all 43 Heritage Coasts!

I start on May 21st and should return around the middle of July.

I am relishing the challenge of 4,500 miles - thank you for helping the children of Virunga to explore and learn about the wonders of Virunga.

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Updates 11

FINISH LINE!!! Just to say I intend to finish at The Drovers, Gussage All Saints in Dorset at 3pm this Sunday 19th August. Will be having a teeny celebration after completing this fabulous ride. Sincere thanks to everyone who has donated -it's a fabulous amount. Join me Sunday!

17/08/12 07:14

Nearly there! made exeter last night and Beer tonight. Saw Beer regatta and fireworks. Awesome scenery from Otterton to Sidmouth, Salcombe Regis and Branscombe. 4,179 miles so far. I must swear allegiance over a Blue Vinny soon to get back into Dorset! Taking last bit easy! Ray

17/08/12 06:54

Sunday at Perranporth YH, Monday heading to Lands End. No hostel beds so fingers crossed I can find a bed... Crossed the Gannel by wading through 2 feet of fast running water! 10 mins later & I wouldn't have made it....another one to remember! Nearly there - Dorset beckons! Ray

07/08/12 07:23

Wednesday 1st August -Cheddar, Minehead, Brendon, Barnstaple, now Westward Ho! and 3,665 miles. Awesome scenery around Lynmouth, Valley of the Rocks and Ilfracombe. Still struggling with headwinds and cold at times. Catching Olympics when I can - aim to finish Sunday 12th August.

04/08/12 07:15

Thursday 19th in Barmouth; 3,105 miles. Lleyn peninsula superb, very hilly. Trying to watch Tour de France on way round! Having to reorganise my route a bit but aiming for Aberystwyth Youth Hostel Friday 20th. Fab scenery in Wales. Thank you for donations-on we go!

21/07/12 07:44

Raising money for

Gearing Up 4 Gorillas (G4G)

Gearing Up 4 Gorillas (G4G)

Charity Registration No. 1111663

G4G supports the rangers of Virunga National Park, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo who protect the critically endangered mountain gorilla. In 2012 the Park is in crisis from intense fighting. Please see www.justgiving.com/virunga 2013, G4G aims to open the first Environmental Education Centre

Donations 19

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Saw you in Arrivee magazine, good luck Ray :-)

Donation by Kevin Hurley on 19/08/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Congratulations on a fantastic achievement for a great cause!

Donation by Sharon Green on 16/08/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck. A great cause I will always be interested in supporting. Hope your saddle is comfortable!!

Donation by Simon Williams on 08/08/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done ray - been following your progress! See you soon, Graeme

Donation by Ray Haswell on 07/08/12

£45.00

+ £11.25 Gift Aid

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Must be nearly home by now? I took the week off so you would have some sunshine on the way home.

Donation by Janet (your little? sis) on 27/07/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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I waited until you were on the homeward stretch and needing more encouragement :-) but two-thirds down and YOU ARE STILL SMILING. Good on you!

Donation by Margaret on 18/07/12

£45.00

+ £11.25 Gift Aid

Donation by Alan Turner on 09/07/12

£45.00

+ £11.25 Gift Aid

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Ray good luck with the rest of the ride. Least I can do is give £1 per 100 miles.

Donation by Malcolm Haswell on 02/07/12

£45.00

+ £11.25 Gift Aid

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Do Gorillas even ride bicycles?

Donation by Keith Dancey on 26/06/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Great cause; hope the weather improves for you and please take loads of photos. Enjoy.

Donation by Anne and Stuart (Friends of Janet) on 24/06/12

£30.00

+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Good luck Ray, you are doing great!

Donation by CLAIRE AND ANDY WAY on 21/06/12

£10.00

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Good luck Ray-a very worthwhile cause- from all at Oasis Overland.

Donation by Jackie Woon on 29/05/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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It's good to hear you are as mad as ever Ray. Enjoy the ride, take care of yourself... and lots of pics please! Love Shelly-Anne (Shaw)

Donation by Shelly-Anne Shaw on 25/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Well done Ray, we will track your progress. . .take care Helen John and Bella xx

Donation by Helen Yates on 24/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck Ray from Andrew + Lisa.

Donation by Andrew Trowbridge on 23/05/12

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

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Good look Ray! Keep on pedalling!

Donation by colin@electricpedals.com on 23/05/12

£50.00

+ £12.50 Gift Aid

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Ray, you legend, here's wishing you all the best, gods speed!

Donation by nick goodlife on 14/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck Ray! What a wonderful challenge.

Donation by Amanda Williams on 14/05/12

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

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Your a star Ray! Keep on pedalling - we're following progress all the way! You might well be completely bonkers but thank you!!

Donation by Linda M Nunn on 12/05/12

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£565.00
  • Offline donations£315.97
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£880.97
  • Gift Aid£138.75

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