Mark gear­ing up to cy­cle across Mada­gas­car

Hinckley Times - - NEWS -

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.

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