A team of cyclists have returned home to a heroes’ welcome after raising €190,000 to help kidney patients at Malta’s Mater Dei Hospital.
The 10-day LifeCycle Challenge involved 24 volunteers from Malta cycling through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia.
They were accompanied by seven back-up members who helped with logistics, medical aid and food.
LifeCycle founder Alan Curry said: ‘Every year, we say that this is the toughest challenge so far and this is certainly, right up alongside the toughest challenges.
‘The heat exhaustion coupled with dehydration and the humid conditions crippled most of our energy.
‘The beautiful scenery along the route and knowing that we are doing this for a noble cause, were our rays of consolation and determination to complete these highly challenging 2,000 km.’
Mr Curry added: ‘It hasn’t been easy. Finishing this tough challenge was our happiest moment.
‘I would like to thank our title sponsor Nescafé 3in1, our other sponsors and contributors, our LifeCyclists and back-up team.
‘So far €190,000 been collected.
‘We still need another €10,000 to reach our target so that after deducting all the expenses we will be left with €100K to go towards the Renal Unit’s annual wish list.
‘Our thoughts and our hearts go out to the patients suffering from renal disease and families.’
You can do your bit by making a donation via SMS on the following numbers:
5061 7370 = €2.33
5061 8920 = €6.99
5061 9229 = €11.65