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Closed 25/09/2018

raised of £10,000 target by 67 supporters

    Weʼve raised £2,052 to help 'Inspire Malawi' build classrooms for kids AND help raise awareness and funds for Networks of Wellbeing (NoW)

    Funded on Tuesday, 25th September 2018

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    Iona will cycle round the world to raise funds for a new classroom at Banda Hill Primary School, Malawi and also to support her sister in a quest to raise awareness and vital funds to support young people with mental health issues in Aberdeenshire through local charity, Networks for Wellbeing.

    Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa with only 53% of children currently finishing PRIMARY school. Education is essential in helping people lift themselves out of poverty and, on a recent trip to the country, Iona witnessed the difference an inspiring learning environment can make. Inspire Malawi is a small UK based charity helping communities to build classrooms for their children to continue their learning.

    Everyone knows someone who has suffered from mental illness and has needed help. Networks of Wellbeing (NoW) is an inclusive and diverse organisation which promotes and supports people in improving their mental health and wellbeing in the area I grew up in.

    The Challenge!

    Iona will pedal her way from Roscoff, France to Venice, Italy in July 2017, then drop down to Cape Town in 2018 and pedal to Kenya’s east coast (through Malawi). Then it's cycling from Kathmandu, Nepal to Mandalay, Myanmar (making up the India/China miles by cycling as many coast to coast events across Britain and other famous UK routes as possible in Summer 2018!). A quick hop across Australia from Perth to Sydney in 2019 and then it's the final stint across the USA the same year. Sometimes on the road alone and sometimes with friends, old and new, She hopes she can make it. With your support she's sure she can!

    Training has already begun, slightly delayed by being knocked off her bike by a car which left her with a rather swollen knee! She is back in the saddle again now and aiming to do lots of training rides and races across Wiltshire and further afield. The North Coast 500 was completed over 8 days in May 2017. Her journey from Roscoff begins 2nd July 2017.



    • Iona Hassan1 year ago
      Iona Hassan

      Iona Hassan

      1 year ago

      Hi all! Just a note to say a final thanks to everyone who's donated here and added to the grand total of £2,500 raised for 2 charities I'm supporting - Inspire Malawi (to build inspiring classrooms for kids) and Networks of Wellbeing, Huntly, for helping young folk with their mental health. I'll be in touch with the charities in the next couple of weeks and will update on how the money is spent through my fb and instagram pages as well as my blog - Will keep you posted on nxt legs of my challenge! Iona x

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    • Iona Hassan2 years ago
      Iona Hassan

      Iona Hassan

      2 years ago

      Hi everyone! Thanks so, so much for all of your support, encouragement and donations. After 62 days (54 riding days) Anna and I completed our journey from Nairobi, Kenya to Cape Town (riding all the way to Cape of Good Hope!) It was an incredible journey from start to finish and I learned so much along the way. We cycled through Kenya then onto the mountains (and Chips Mayai) of Tanzania. Dropped down past Lake Malawi to Lilongwe then through Zambia (so friendly!), Botswana, Namibia (bonus country!) then SA to Cape Town! Next up, Ireland!

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    • Iona Hassan2 years ago
      Iona Hassan

      Iona Hassan

      2 years ago

      Thanks so much for your donations folks. Really means a lot! Currently in Namibia having decided to cycle across this beautiful country following chats to fellow cycle tourers/locals on route. (SA has some troubles as many of you may be aware.) People on our journey have been amazing and we've encountered so much kindness here. We head onto dirt roads for a week or so towards the coast. Hopefully the rain won't delay us. Thanks again for supporting these fabulous charities. All best, Iona x Thanks to: Pewsey Velo Altura Photo by Anna Kitlar

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    • Sandy, Angie and Lawrie

      Sandy, Angie and Lawrie

      Aug 29, 2018

      Well done Iona from Sandy, Angie and Laurie xxx


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      Jul 29, 2018


    • Nick Nelson-Piercy

      Nick Nelson-Piercy

      Apr 30, 2018

      congratulations to you and Anna (Helga)...great achievement!


    • Alison Parker

      Alison Parker

      Apr 28, 2018

      Congratulations Iona, what an achievement.


    • Angela Johnson

      Angela Johnson

      Apr 28, 2018

      Well done!


    • Ronan Watson

      Ronan Watson

      Apr 27, 2018


    • Richard


      Apr 27, 2018

      Iona you are amazing, I feel proud to be your friend.


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