School friends Charles Stevens and William Hsu (son of NMSI Deputy Chairman, Fred Hsu), are attempting to cycle the Silk Road, aiming to be the two youngest people to ever complete it. Less people have cycled it than have climbed Everest and they set off on Sunday 15th May.
The Silk Road from Beijing to Tehran is considered to be the longest, hardest, hottest and coldest route in the world, as well as historically highly significant. At over 10,000km, passing through 9 countries with temperatures ranging from minus 10°C to above 45 centigrade, it is a test at all extremities.
The journey will take over the 120 days, where they will climb to over 4000 metres and descend to below sea level, all in aid of the new ACU centre in Ayenyah, site of the OAfrica orphanage, where they did volunteer work in 2013 and 2015.
They are more than 50% of the way to reaching their fundraising target of £25,000, with 100% of all funds donated going directly to the charity and not to the funding of the challenge.
The money donated will go towards teaching, providing the children with meals, learning materials, basic sporting and technological equipment like desktop computers and IT lessons. Critically, this will be provided in an environment which is safe and secure; something that many of the children would otherwise lack.
If you would like to donate, please do so here – https://www.justgiving.com/BeijingtoTehran