All right, so there will be no big soccer wins for England in South Africa this year… but with the amazing fundraising accomplishments of Rob Forbes, we’ve been cheering a BIG win for charity around the 2010 World Cup.
Rob travelled – well, he triathleted, if that’s a word – from Cirencester to South Africa to cheer on England in the World Cup. And while England didn’t go all the way, Rob sure did. Not only did he successfully complete his eight month trek, but he’s raised (so far) an incredible £20,214.48 for Re-Cycle (Bicycle Aid for Africa).
Here’s how he got there: He swam 20km across the Strait of Gibraltar. He cycled 19,000 km across 21 countries. And then he ran 90 km in the Comrades Ultimate Marathon. And somehow, he also found time to keep a really cool website, with blog and photo updates, to stay in touch with supporters along the way.
Here’s how that looks on the map Rob put together:
Pretty incredible, eh?
But just as incredible is that Rob’s smashed his fundraising target, raising over £20,000 for Re-Cycle (Bicycle Aid for Africa). This brilliant charity collects second-hand bikes in the UK and ships them to Africa – where they distribute them to people who need them, like health workers, teachers and students – helping them all get where they need to go. These bikes are even providing an ambulance service in remote Namibia!
Maybe you can’t cheer England on anymore, but Rob’s amazing World Cup feat – and cause – is something really worth supporting. Check out his story on his JustGiving page - and his www.tri4africa.co.uk website too. If you’re as impressed as we were, why not give him a little donation?