On Sunday 25th June Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork welcomed Nick Simon (59) to the 11.15 am Choral Eucharist. Nick is undertaking a 10,000 mile cycle in aid of Christian Aid projects in Africa. Having already completed a staggering 8,000 miles which took him from Cairo to Cape Town in 2016, Nick is completing the last leg of his cycle from Cork to Camden Town this summer.
At the end of the Service the Dean of Cork, the Very Revd Nigel Dunne offered a special blessing for Nick for his journey which began the next morning. His daughter, Emma, also joined him for the first leg of his journey to Dublin. Nick hopes to reach his target of £80k before reaching the well-known London borough of Camden Town in October 2017.
Not only is Nick cycling the 2,000 miles that will take him across Ireland and Britain he will also climb the five highest peaks along his travels – Carrantuohill Mountain 3,406 feet, Slieve Donard Mountain 2,790 feet, Ben Nevis 4,413 feet, Scafell Pike 3,209 feet, and Snowdon 3,560 feet.
Speaking about his journey so far Nick said:
It was a big challenge but a privilege to cycle 8,000 miles independently through Africa for Christian Aid in 2016. The CTCT Challenge took me through 11 countries from Cairo in Egypt to Cape Town in South Africa: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. The aim was to raise funds to reduce extreme poverty.
All funds generated directly by Nick through donations to the link here will be used to support the range of programmes provided by Christian Aid’s African programmes. Readers can also donate directly to Christian Aid here.