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Young fundraisers get pedalling to Australia

11 September 2009

Bike ride to AustraliaThe Brighton Argus

Two young fundraisers are literally going to the ends of the earth for the Red Cross by embarking on a mammoth 15,000-mile bike challenge from Dieppe to Australia.

The two 18-year-olds – Mohan Everett and Finn Cotton from Lewes in East Sussex – set off on their epic journey on 3 September. They will spend nine months of their gap year completing the expedition.

Along the way they’ll take in Switzerland, Italy, Greece, Turkey, China, Thailand and Malaysia before ending at their final destination, Byron Bay in Australia.

Mohan explained: “I wanted to see the world and have an adventure – and by bike is a great way to do it. Raising money for the Red Cross through the trip seemed the natural thing to do because it’s an international charity which helps people right across the world.”

Self sacrifice

Mohan and Finn sold almost all their possessions to help raise the money needed to fund the trip. Mohan, a keen boxer, even parted with his prized punch bag to fulfil his dream. He said: “We needed to raise about £5,000 before we even got out there so I have been selling all of my stuff – even my bed – as I figured I wouldn’t need it for a while.”

Mohan is no stranger to cycling, having completed a 1,100 mile cycling trip from Dieppe to the coastal city of Tarragona in Spain last summer. Finn is also in good condition, thanks to his role playing for the Lewes Colts rugby team.

Do you want to see how the intrepid pair get on? You can track Mohan and Finn’s progress – and sponsor them.

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