Char­ity ride to start from town

Bik­ing ad­ven­ture could break record

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Imo­gen Robin­son ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

A KEEN mo­tor­biker from north-west Lon­don has cho­sen Uxbridge as the place to set off on a po­ten­tially record­break­ing char­ity ride.

Omo Alokwe, a busi­ness change an­a­lyst from West Hamp­stead, will em­bark on a solo, un­sup­ported mo­tor­cy­cle ride to Lagos, Nige­ria, to raise money for in­ter­na­tional char­ity Médecins Sans Fron­tières (MSF).

His jour­ney will take him through 12 coun­ties in­clud­ing Morocco, Sene­gal and Burk­ina Faso.

When he ar­rives in Nige­ria he will at­tempt to break the world record for longest jour­ney by mo­tor­cy­cle in a sin­gle coun­try. Omo’s to­tal mileage will be in ex­cess of 40,000 miles over four to five months and he hopes to raise £20,000 for MSF.

But it all be­gins at The Wa­ters Edge, Canal Cot­tages, Packet Boat Lane, Uxbridge, on Sun­day, Novem­ber 29, when, from 11am, he will hold a ‘flag off and fundrais­ing event’ for bik­ers and well wish­ers.

Omo, who has been mo­tor­cy­cling for 20 years, said: “Lagos is my end point be­cause I guess I am drawn to the coun­try.

“I spent my child­hood in Nige­ria but never trav­elled or ex­pe­ri­enced the many cul­tures as much as I would like.

“MSF has been present in Nige­ria help­ing vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple with med­i­cal as­sis­tance re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

“I wouldn’t say I’m ner­vous, but as the days draw nearer I be­gin to ap­pre­ci­ate the scale of what I’m about to em­bark on.

“I have been pre­par­ing quite hard and be­lieve my plan­ning and prepa­ra­tion will see me through. It won’t be easy – but that’s the whole point.”

MSF is an in­de­pen­dent, hu­man­i­tar­ian char­ity that of­fers emer­gency aid to peo­ple in need.

The char­ity was awarded the Chatham House Prize ear­lier this month for its role in com­bat­ing Ebola in West Africa last year.

Do­na­tions can be made to MSF through Omo’s Just Giv­ing page at www. justgiv­ omoalokwe.


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