Bik­ing the world for cancer

Hawke's Bay Today - - Digest - Tess Ni­chol

From suf­fer­ing the pains of hav­ing giar­dia for two weeks to ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the glory of the Hi­malayan Ranges in per­son, four Kiwi men have seen it all.

The group is trav­el­ling from Bali to Lon­don by bi­cy­cle, rais­ing tens of thou­sands of dol­lars for the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Foun­da­tion of New Zealand in the process.

The men, all in their 20s, have been cy­cling for more than a year, af­ter set­ting off in Bali, In­done­sia on April 1 last year, but their epic jour­ney is no joke — al­ready they have raised more than $15,000 and still have more than a month to go.

Brothers Fred­die and Arthur Gil­lies and their friends Sean Wakely and Timmy Chen were aim­ing to raise $1 for ev­ery kilo­me­tre rid­den.

In late March they hit their 15,000th kilo­me­tre and will push on un­til they reach Lon­don on July 28 when the trip will end.

By then they would have trav­elled 22,000km, passed through nearly 30 coun­tries and hoped to raise $25,000, Chen said.

Chal­lenges have in­cluded the cold and snow, sick­ness and busted bikes — and one stolen cy­cle.

Arthur Gil­lies, Sean Wakely and Fred­die Gil­lies are three of the quar­tet rais­ing money for the Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Foun­da­tion.

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