Wednesday, 9 May 2012

My Sam and the children of Sierra Leone need your help

My 14-year-old son Sam is training hard to cycle the 220 miles from London to Paris in aid of Street Child Sierra Leone in three weeks, and he needs your support. To sponsor him and his Dad, who is going to do it with him, just go to Sam Ogden-Newton's page on JustGiving.
Chris (front) with (l to r) Joe, our
friend Nick and Sam, off for a ride
Sam's school, St James in Ashford, has been fund-raising for Street Child, which gives a better future to children living on the streets of the world's poorest country.

When Sam was asked to think about what he'd like to do to help, he had been really moved by the stories of the precarious lives of these children, so different from his own, so he decided to really challenge himself and try to make a difference.

His father Chris and I want the children to be ambitious and if they feel able to, to push themselves. So even though Sam is only just 14 and many people think we are mad, we have agreed to this personal challenge as long as his Dad cycles with him and I can bring up the rear in the back-up vehicle, otherwise known as the family car, with puncture kits etc. on board. 
We have only just sorted out the dates for the journey to fit around Sam's school schedule; so he will be setting off on Saturday 3 June. That leaves just three weeks to train with the added complications of a mildly fractured hand (rugby at the weekend) and out-of-shape Chris (note snuggly fitting yellow cycle jacket above). 
Still it's all to play for and the boys are trying to fit 35 miles in each day between now and push-off. Go on, it's a great cause and Sam is a great kid with a big heart and the courage to really help others, even those he has not met.

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1 comment:

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