Global ad­ven­ture to raise funds for char­ity

Bush Telegraph - - Focus On Dannevirke -

“Slow again, fall­ing be­hind with Europe keep­ing us well and truly oc­cu­pied. Just crossed into Italy yes­ter­day, with less than two months un­til it’s all over…. Pic­ture per­fect white build­ings con­trasted with the bright­est of blues, five coastal camp­sites, cheap red wine, pina co­ladas and some of the best rid­ing of the trip.”

So re­ports a re­cent post­ing on the blog of Arthur and Fred­die Gil­lies who with two friends, Sean Wakely and Timmy Chen, are cy­cling from Bali to Lon­don to raise funds at a rate of $1 for ev­ery kilo­me­tre trav­elled for the Leukemia and Blood Can­cer Foun­da­tion of New Zealand.

They have Tararua con­nec­tions, the grand­sons of Harry and Edna Walker for­merly of Man­ga­hao where their mum Jacqui Walker and un­cle Si­mon Walker were raised.

Their dad Christo­pher Gil­lies, Jacqui and the boys lived in Auck­land where they at­tended Auck­land Univer­sity. Their in­ter­est in travel may have been kin­dled by Christo­pher and Jacqui’s cy­cle tour of In­dia in 1987.

From suf­fer­ing the pains of gi­a­r­dia for two weeks to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the glory of the Hi­malayas in per­son, these four Kiwi men have seen it all.

The men, all in their 20s, have been cy­cling for more than a year, af­ter set­ting off in Bali, In­done­sia on April 1 last year, but their epic jour­ney is no joke — al­ready they have raised more than $15,000 and still have more than a month to go.

Start­ing in Bali, the boys cy­cled east through south­east Asia and eastern Europe, ar­riv­ing in Rome this week af­ter leav­ing Croa­tia. They re­ported reach­ing the $15,000 mark was a big achieve­ment and a great sense of ac­com­plish­ment to see the Hi­malayas.

Chal­lenges have in­cluded the cold and snow, sick­ness and busted bikes — and one stolen cy­cle.

But they have met with very friendly lo­cals.

“Meet­ing peo­ple was great. We are be­ing hosted by an Ital­ian woman now and have seen the kind­ness of the lo­cals ev­ery­where,” Chen said.

The trip will end on July 28. By then they will have trav­elled 22,000km, passed through nearly 30 coun­tries and hope­fully raised $25,000.

ARTHUR and Fred­die Gil­lies with their grand­mother Edna Walker at the Taupo Iron­man 2014.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.