Thursday, 23 September 2021

Cyclist to recruit for Mandalay challenge

A MAN from Gallowstree Common will cycle part of the road to Mandalay for charity.

A MAN from Gallowstree Common will cycle part of the road to Mandalay for charity.

Chris Norris, 45, plans to take on the challenge as part of a team in October 2016 to raise money for HopeAsia, a charity where he is trustee.

Now he is looking for volunteers to join him. Last year Mr Norris cycled 400km around Burma and raised £30,000 for the same charity as part of a 20-strong team.

HopeAsia was set up by Crispin Fairbairn, from Caversham, and their work goes towards caring for vulnerable children by providing them with a place to live and an education.

Mr Norris’s newest challenge is shorter than his previous one by 40km. He also completed a 350km cycle in Vietnam and Cambodia during 2012.

“We’re looking for people now because they need to be able to raise £3,000, £2,000 goes to travel costs then a mimimum amount raised of £1,000,” Mr Norris said.

“It’s a genuinely life-changing experience and the best way to see a country. It’s amazing to see the response of people you meet along the way.”

The route takes about five days and goes from Yangon to Bagan, then on to Popa and Myingyan before reaching Mandalay.

The cycle finishes in Mingun where the group will float down the Ayerwaddy River back to Mandalay.

Mr Norris, who lives in The Hamlet with wife Helen and sons Adam, 13, and seven-year-old Toby, said: “At the end of the trip you meet the children who the money goes towards. It’s just incredible.”

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