An­other ex­treme Fos­ter Clark Life­Cy­cle Chal­lenge com­pleted suc­cess­fully

Malta Independent - - News -

The 27-strong team of cy­clists and back-up sup­port team mem­bers of the 2018 Fos­ter Clark Life­Cy­cle Chal­lenge re­turned to Malta safely yes­ter­day.

Con­sid­ered as the big­gest and tough­est chal­lenge in the se­ries since its in­cep­tion in 1999, this year’s chal­lenge took the cy­clists from Abu Dhabi to Salalah in South­ern Oman.

Pow­ered by Fos­ter Clark, who do­nated €25,000 for re­search on kid­ney de­fects at the Univer­sity of Malta, and led by the cool-headed founder Alan Curry, the Life­Cy­cle Chal­lenge is held ev­ery year for the past 19 years in aid of re­nal pa­tients.

A 10-day con­tin­u­ous ride, at times the route was longer than 200 km a day, the cy­clists rode mostly on desert roads, across moun­tain­ous re­gion with many un­du­la­tions and hills, and no doubt in scorch­ing heat. Each day, they were quite ex­hausted but their courage, ded­i­ca­tion and know­ing they are help­ing a noble cause has kept them all fo­cused to reach the fin­ish­ing line.

“Fin­ish­ing the big­gest Chal­lenge was a mem­o­rable day for us. We had some in­juries along the route, five rid­ers had to with­draw, while 16 rid­ers com­pleted the chal­lenge,” said Alan Curry.

“Life­Cy­cle (Malta) Foun­da­tion will con­tinue to work hard to generate fur­ther aware­ness on kid­ney fail­ure and bet­ter care for re­nal pa­tients, and to sus­tain kid­ney re­search. We thank our ti­tle spon­sor Fos­ter Clark, our other spon­sors, our cy­clists and back-up team who worked so hard on this chal­lenge. Our hearts go out to those pa­tients suf­fer­ing from re­nal dis­ease and fam­i­lies.”

“We wel­come back the he­roes of Fos­ter Clark Life­Cy­cle Chal­lenge,” said John Schem­bri, Fos­ter Clark’s Head of Op­er­a­tions. “The Life­Cy­cle Chal­lenge and Fos­ter Clark share the same mind­set and val­ues. We couldn’t be prouder to sup­port Alan Curry and his team in their noble cause for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.”

Do­na­tions can be made on­line on www.life­cy­clechal­lenge.co­mor can be sent via sms: 5061 7370 = €2.33; 5061 8920 = €6.99; 5061 9229 = €11.65; or via a call to 5160 2020 = €10, 5170 2005 = €15; and 5180 2006 = €25. Bank de­tails are Swift code VALLMTMT, IBAN num­ber MT 18 VALL 22013000000014814521017, Bank name Bank of Val­letta, Ac­count num­ber 14814521017.

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