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We will be cycling 400 kilometres in six days from Vietnam to Cambodia. The ride will take us from Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) to the ancient temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia. (I know it sounds idyllic but we will be cycling on dirt tracks in the heat so it will tough). We have had many supportive messages, including;
This is to wish you the very best of cycling over in the humid Far East. William's Fund sounds a really worthwhile charity.
Best Wishes, Ran
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Well done to Jan and the team for supporting William’s fund in this amazing challenge inspired by an amazing young boy. As a parent myself knowing that his legacy has inspired you guys and the funds raised will support vital research for other young children makes me proud to support the Vietnam to Cambodia challenge. Have a great time and ride like the wind or something like that! The question I am left with though is how do we book you as a speaker to tell us about your experience???
I think this is a fantastic effort and I wish you all every success in raising huge amounts of money for William’s Fund. It is easy to put one’s hand in one’s pocket to give money, but it is one hundred times harder to go out there and actually raise the money by facing such a tremendous challenge. I hope you don’t face too many hardships along the way.
Sir Clive Woodward
"There is nothing more liberating than doing something simply because it is worthwhile and life affirming. How appropriate that William's sad passing should act as a catalyst that inspires others to action and in so doing helps the search for a cure for generations yet to come so that out of sadness can come joy. We will be thinking of you, saddle sore yet deservedly proud."
"Good luck to all taking part in the ride. But remember when things are getting tough, its for a great cause and that's why you are doing it."
“My little girl is just four and it breaks my heart to think that William didn’t make it to his fifth birthday. Raising funds to help other kids get the right diagnosis is a brilliant thing and I hope that knowing you are doing it for such a good cause will help ease the inevitable aches and pains that will afflict you on your great adventure! I’m really envious of you seeing Cambodia and Vietnam and am sure you’ll have a fascinating time. Good luck to all of you and remember – avoid all hills!”
I'm incredibly impressed by the team who serve as an inspiration to us all. Most people would struggle to complete such an epic bike ride, so it’s a great show of endurance and testament to their commitment to a fantastic cause. The reality of a child suffering from a debilitating disease like cancer is simply unbearable, so I wish them all the very best for completing the challenge and raising money for the Williams Fund. Good luck guys!
"Jan Jenkins cycling through Vietnam to Cambodia-400K in six days is worth a score of anyone’s money. Enjoy the experience! appreciate life and the blessing your efforts will bring to many children through your local charity – William’s Fund."
A great challenge for a great cause. Also worth the money to see Jan Jenkins in Lycra and a cycling helmet!!! Good luck!
“Jan and her team have always gone that extra mile as an agency and I know they will put in just as much effort on this incredible cycle ride. Good luck Jan and Layla, keep focused on your goal even when the going gets tough. That's what I did on the track, I know it works.”
400K in six days will be a tough ask, but worth it for a very good cause.
Sir Robin Knox-Johnson
"Congratulations Jan & Co for the commitment you girls in Room54 are showing by taking up the sponsored challenge to cycle 400k in six days. I can run but I'm hopeless on a bike so I am in awe of you!
More so I am thrilled and really happy to see that the sponsorship raised will be going towards children's well being. For this reason too, I am delighted to sponsor you, remember to keep smiling through it all....cos winners smile!"
Much love and hugs to you all
"You both have my incredible admiration and respect for what you are about to endure! It's an incredibly important cause and I hope you raise buckets of money; without people like you, few of these important charities would survive. Stay safe and wear padded cycling shorts!"
Flt Lt John Nichol
‘Jan you are a true inspiration. The best of luck with your exciting challenge and make sure you enjoy every moment along the way. Such a fantastic personal achievement, whilst raising money for a very worthwhile cause. Well done.’
When a child dies before a parent and the brilliance of childhood is extinguished without running its course it leaves a terrible gap. For them to fill the void left by William’s death with a determination and mechanism for trying to prevent it happening to others is admirable. It’s a part of the world I’ve lived in and frequently visit so I know it can get rather warm; so good luck Jan and please support her efforts.
"Having undertaken numerous challenges for charity myself, I know just how hard it is to plan, prepare for and then undertake a challenge. I wish you every success with your cycle ride in aid of William’s fund and know that it will be both an amazingly fulfilling and beneficial experience.”
"Once again Room54 is led by their values. Selfless, deeply motivated and so very much focused on making a valuable contribution. Congratulations and well done to all involved". Best regards and good luck - Larry
Happiness is in the journey - not the destination. Enjoy the whole thing.
'Gor for it everyone at Room54. Can't imagine a more inspiring worthwhile cause. You should be very proud of your selves for doing it'
‘This is going to be a life-enriching and life-changing experience for you all, so, despite the heat, aches and pains and tiredness you may well feel along the way, keep on reminding yourself that you will never pass this way again in your life, and absorb as much as you can, making lots of memories. It is our pleasure to make a donation to William's Fund, knowing that your ride will also be touching the lives of other young children along the way. Life is not measured by the number of breaths that you take, but by those moments that take your breath away- so get out there and get breathless! Good luck to you all- you have my sincere respect!"
Miles Hilton Barber
“Good luck to all of the team taking part in this very worthwhile fundraising activity. William’s Fund raises both money for and awareness of the difficulties involved in the diagnosis of childhood cancers, as such their work is extremely important. Whilst the journey will be challenging, I hope that knowing it is for such a terrific cause will help to spur you all on. Enjoy the ride and I hope that you experience more downs than ups (at least in terms of hills!)”
Kanya King – Mobo Awards
“Geoff Burch says, To me, the word ‘bike’ if it hasn’t got Harley Davidson on the side and doesn’t travel swiftly with a turn of the handgrip suggests lots of hard work and sweaty pedal whirling – particularly in tropical heat! So I think your efforts to raise money for this truly brilliant charity is nothing less than heroic. And as a newly initiated grandparent the idea of anything happening to him would be just too horrible to bear, so good luck Jan and I hope you raise a fortune!”
All the best, Jan
“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.” (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe) Hope you are surrounded by magic - good luck to all of you.
For more information on our chosen cause William's Fund please go to www.williamsfund.co.uk (part of the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals Charitable Funds group.)
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