Mark gearing up to cycle across Madagascar
AN OLYMPIC torch bearer is gearing up to cycle across Madagascar to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Mark O’Flynn, 57, aims to raise more than £1,000 by cycling 400 km from Antananarivo to Foulpointe in Madagascar.
He said: “I have witnessed first hand how cruel and devastating this disease can be.
“The impact it had on my family when my father-in-law had the disease was immense.
“This is why I have been raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society since 2013.”
The athlete’s efforts have already raised tens of thousands of pounds for the charity, including a five-day trek along the Great Wall of China and a hike over the Brecon Beacons.
He has also applied his pedal power to cycle across Costa Rica and from Vietnam to Cambodia to raise money for the good cause.
Chloe Beevers, events co ordinator for the charity, said: “It’s wonderful that Mark is giving his time to support Alzheimer’s Society.
“Dementia devastates lives, but dementia won’t win.
“Until the day we find a cure we will be here for anyone affected by dementia, where they are, whatever they’re going through.
“We need more people like Mark to join us now and unite against dementia.”
The keen cyclist carried the Olympic Torch through Melton Mowbray in 2012, after he was nominated for his charity work and for working with the Hinckley United under-15s girls side.
The society has a range of fundraising challenges for people to take on from trekking Mount Kilimanjaro to parachuting.
Find out how you can get involved on the Alzheimer’s Society website.
Mark will be leaving for Madagascar on September 28 and starting the fiveday cycle on October 1.
Mark O’Flynn from Hinckley is cycling across Madagascar in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society. Pictured: Mark on his ride from Vietnam to Cambodia.