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Weʼre raising £10,000 to help 'Inspire Malawi' build classrooms for kids AND help raise awareness and funds for Networks of Wellbeing (NoW)

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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.

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  • Iona Hassan2 months ago
    Iona Hassan

    Iona Hassan

    2 months 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 Hassan3 months ago
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    Iona Hassan

    3 months 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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  • Iona Hassan8 months ago
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    Iona Hassan

    8 months ago

    Quick update! Still training hard for Africa leg of Round the World at the mo. When I'm not teaching/gigging I'm on my bike (kindof chilly now) or my computer planning and badgering people! The lovely people at 'Velocite' are most generously sponsoring me in the form of their amazing carbon 'Flux' mountain bike frame (cannot wait to get out and about on it) and the heroes at Pewsey Velo are also supporting/sponsoring me in all manner of ways as ever - thanks Nick! Fundraiser - Fri 24th Nov - Alton Barnes - CEILIDH

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Page last updated on: 5/21/2018 6:55 PM



  • 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.


  • karen shields

    karen shields

    Apr 27, 2018

    A huge well done IonaAmazing achievement love Karen and Sam xFab photos too😀


  • Martin Couzin

    Martin Couzin

    Apr 27, 2018

    Inspirational! Well done.


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