Charity ride to start from town
Biking adventure could break record
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. justgiving.com/ omoalokwe.