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A Brad­field teenager is to spend his univer­sity gap year cy­cling 5,600 miles through Africa for char­ity. Jack O’Shea, 19, is go­ing to study para­medic science in Lon­don next year, but this month be­gins a two-wheeled trek which will take him across 11 coun­tries.

It’s a dream trip for the pas­sion­ate cy­clist, one which will take him from cen­tral Kenya to the Cape of Good Hope in Cape Town, South Africa. “I will carry ev­ery­thing I need for the ride on my bike, in­clud­ing a tent, cook­ing uten­sils, spares and some other es­sen­tials. Along the way I will stay in home stays, camps and in some ru­ral ar­eas I will stay in my tent, in the mid­dle of nowhere,” says Jack. He is rid­ing for Ki­tale School in Uganda – there is a char­ity shop sup­port­ing the school in North Wal­sham – and the Hap­pis­burgh­based Real World Con­ser­va­tion Trust.

“I have cho­sen to sup­port two char­i­ties that I feel very strongly about tack­ling ed­u­ca­tion, con­ser­va­tion and com­mu­nity care across Africa,” he says. He sets off from Ol Pe­jeta in Kenya, home to the last two north­ern white rhi­nos in the world.

He will also visit Ki­tale School in Uganda for the first time and meet some of the stu­dents and teach­ers there and hopes to com­plete his ride by the end of June. africather­ide.com

Jack O’Shea in chilly Nor­folk be­fore his African ad­ven­ture

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