“Animals do not have a voice, they are generally the last to be given attention. They do deserve care, love, and a comfortable life. This challenge is being done to try and capture the public’s attention at these animals’ plight. We are not asking for much, but every little bit that trickles in will help.”
This is how Fabio Spiteri explains his motivation as he prepares physically and mentally for one massive cycling challenge, and all in aid of Animal Welfare NGOs.
Spiteri, who is known for endurance racing is aiming to cycle around Sicily’s coastline – that is approximately 1,000km in two days. Spiteri is only too familiar with the Sicilian coastline having covered the distance four times over a span of four years. His first foray saw him take six days, until 2018 when he whittled it down to three days.
In 2020 the stakes are much higher as he plans to cycle non-stop for two days.
“Animal shelters are doing a wonderful job, with limited resources, they have to give a comfortable home to abandoned animals as well as doing their best to give them the best treatment possible. Medicine, vet, and food bills run into thousands. It is unbelievable. My target is to collect a minimum of €30,000, which will be distributed to all shelters who depend on donations” Spiteri told Bay.
Of course, cycling 1000kms in two days will be tough, painful, physically, and mentally demanding but all those who know Spiteri know he does not shy away from pain and discomfort.
Spiteri will be accompanied by a back a team and two athletes – Mark Schram, a locally based triathlete and Sicilian ultra-cyclist will be joining him on various legs of the journey. The back-up team will consist of a team car that will include a navigator, masseur, and a camera person who will document the journey so as to keep promoting the cause well after the challenge is over.
Spiteri is planning on leaving Malta on the 26th October for five days. He will start cycling on the best two days afforded in that time window and his target is to cover the distance between 48 and 52 hours.
A tracking system, provided by TrackMT, will be set up allowing for supporters to follow Spiteri during the cycle. Details will be posted on the Facebook page, specifically set up for this exploit.
Funds collected will be distributed to the following organisations , Animal Care Malta Cat Sanctuary, Animal Guardians Malta, Association for Abandoned Animals Sanctuary, CSAF Sanctuary, SPCA Gozo, MSPCA, Noah’s Ark Dog Sanctuary, Stray Animals Support Group (SASG), The Island Sanctuary, Tomasina Cat Sanctuary, Animal Protectors Malta, Rescue is my Favorite Breed, Malta Rabbit Club 1963, RMJ Horse Rescue and Birdlife
Donations can be made through the below channels:-
50617312 for €2.33
50618075 for €4.66
50618923 for €6.99
50619260 for €11.65
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