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Cork to Camden Town cycle to raise funds for Christian Aid projects in Africa

23 June 2017 - Cyclist Nick Simon will complete a 10,000 mile cycle this summer in aid of Christian Aid projects in Africa, with a final leg from Cork to Camden Town.

14 punctures, three sets of tyres and four chains later Nick Simon will complete a 10,000-mile cycle that took him across Africa in 2016 and now the length of Ireland and the UK in 2017.

Having already completed a staggering 8,000 miles which took him from Cairo to Cape Town in 2016, Nick will be completing the last leg of his cycle from Cork to Camden Town this summer.

The Very Revd Nigel Dunne (Dean of Cork) will see Nick off on his adventure  after the 11.15am Choral Eucharist on Sunday 25 June 2017 at 12:15pm from St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral.

Nick hopes to reach his target of £80k before reaching the well-known London borough on 7 October 2017.


Five peaks

Not only is Nick cycling the 2,000 miles that will take him across Ireland and Britain, he will also climb the five highest peaks along his travels starting in Kerry: Carrantuohill Mountain, Slieve Donard Mountain, Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon.

Speaking about his journey so far, Nick said:

'It was a big challenge but a privilege to cycle 8,000 miles independently through Africa for Christian Aid in 2016. The CtCT Challenge took me through 11 countries from Cairo in Egypt to Cape Town in South Africa: Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

'The aim was to raise funds to reduce extreme poverty.

'Christian Aid works to reduce extreme poverty and social injustice and supports people of all faiths and none. Its work is carried out through partner organisations in countries where people are supported to move a few steps out of extreme poverty into a situation where they can move forward independently.

'As I travelled through Africa, I met with 16 of the charity’s partners working in a broad range of areas.'



All funds donated directly to Nick will be used to support the range of programmes provided by Christian Aid’s partners in Africa. 

Christian Aid Ireland is dedicated to tackling the root causes of poverty, not just the symptoms. We believe the world can and must be changed so that there is equality, dignity and freedom for all.

Christian Aid is an international aid development agency working with local partners and communities of all faiths and none, in over 40 countries worldwide. 
Visit Christian Aid Ireland's website to donate to the organisation.

Follow Nick’s progress through his blog and social channels:







For more information please contact:

Tess Purcell , Marketing and Communications Officer, 0353 (0) 87 6667808


Andrew Coleman , Church and Community Officer, Cork. Tel 023 8841468 or mobile: 087 2439280


Notes to editors: 

  1. Christian Aid works in some of the world's poorest communities in around 40 countries at any one time. We act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

  2. Christian Aid’s core belief is that the world can and must be changed so that poverty is ended: this is what we stand for. Everything we do is about ending poverty and injustice: swiftly, effectively, and sustainably. Our strategy document ‘From Inspiration to Impact’ outlines how we set about this task.

  3. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org

  4. Follow Christian Aid Ireland on Twitter: twitter.com/christianaidirl

  5. For more information about the work of Christian Aid, visit www.christianaid.ie


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