JACK’S AFRICAN ODYSSEY
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