Archive for May, 2014
I belong to a youth group in Paddock Wood called New Gen. Last weekend we participated in an event called ‘Slum Survivor’.
Slum Survivor is an experience where we spend a few days the way billions of people spend their life times. As part of this we had to build our slum to sleep in out of wooden pallets and tarpaulin, using cardboard and newspaper for insulation.
Food wise we had two meals of rice and lentils a day which whilst they were filling, had no taste to them what so ever, making meals very bland and unexciting.
We were not allowed any luxuries such as extra clothes and any electronic gadgets however we were allowed as much underwear as we wanted!
As part of the event the leaders set us challenges and dilemmas for which we as a group had to over come, for example one of the dilemmas was that one of our ‘family’ had to be sold into the slave trade and we had to decide who would go.
We faced many difficulties throughout the weekend such as the leaky tarpaulin roof and the heavy rain on Friday night but it was a valuable insight to how many people live their life and how privileged we are with what we’ve got.
If you have any questions please feel free to talk to me.
The charity behind the event is Soul Action, please click here for more information. Lastly a huge thank you to those who have sponsored me and if anyone else would still like to sponsor me I have room on my form – or alternatively you can give direct on their website. I will let you know my total amount collected very soon.
Wateringbury WW1 Memorial Booklets
It is widely known amongst my friends that I lost the plot a few years ago and challenged myself to some cycling sportive events. I suspect this is a little like forgetting what it is like to go through the pain of child birth because we’ve signed up for three this year, the same two as last year plus one additional 75 mile route round Kent used more as a training ride for the big2.
Like last year, the charity I’m supporting is Prostate Cancer UK, made all the more important to me when we discovered Jim was suffering. My suffering is insignificant by comparison but on Sunday 18 May with the 105 mile (and very hilly) Castle ride and will be followed by an overly mountainous ride in Wales called the Dragon Ride, which takes in the stunning Black mountains and Brecon Beacons. Both are guaranteed to hurt.
To give you a flavour of the difficulty, the distance and climb for the combined two rides is the equivalent of six times to the summit of Snowdon using the Pyg Track and then cycling an additional 160 miles before finishing!
The topographical hills below show the two rides and as you can see, they are not very flat!
Your support will, I promise, make me even more determined to get to the top of every hill without walking and help people like Jim in the future to recover back to full fitness.
Your support is much appreciated for a very worthwhile charity and please say a prayer for my legs! Both will be very well received.