“A great day out in good company. So inspiring to see the huge age range of participants and feel the enthusiasm.”
On 2 September, 25 keen EMMS International cyclists took on the 5 Ferry Challenge to raise vital funds for our Malawi lakeside project, delivering lifesaving healthcare to those living in isolated communities.
Peddling around North Kintyre, the Firth of Clyde, Arran, and Bute, the cyclists took in 53.5 miles of idyllic scenery with a few tough climbs thrown in and plenty of laughs too.
On the day, the bike riders were met by some beautiful sunshine which made the event even more special, and showed the west of Scotland in its best light. One participant said:
“The day represented a personal challenge, but it was also an excellent opportunity to bring people from all walks of life together and hear about their reasons for supporting the work of EMMS. It was a challenging but rewarding route, with some beautiful scenery made even better by the stunning weather.”
It was a pleasure to see old friends making some new faces feel welcome. Long term supporter Evelyn Cook, aged 79, was taking part in her 25th sponsored event for EMMS, whilst Calum Stewart, aged 15, was taking part in his second.
Through their sponsorship and fundraising, our wonderful supporters have raised a total of just over £6000, with more donations still coming in. This money will help us renovate lakeside health clinics, build staff accommodation, train more local healthcare staff, and purchase a new speed boat ambulance; all of which will significantly and sustainable improve the health of rural communities in Malawi.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the challenge. Special thanks go to participant Tom Russell, who made this great video capturing the experience.
Thanks to the organisers Sport Ecosse Events for their expertise and support.
We hope you will join us for our 5 Ferry Challenge 2018!
Register your interest now at firstname.lastname@example.org.