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Couple cycle Haiti tour in UK

03 May 2013

by a staff reporter

A COUPLE are to cycle round the coastline of Haiti for charity - without ever leaving the shores of the UK.

Wendy and Simon Gundry have mapped out the 1264 miles of Haitian coastline on roads in the Midlands and Oxfordshire, in order to raise money for a child-survival unit on Haiti.

They have been sponsoring two children through the charity Compassion for the past year, and were inspired to plan their cycle-ride after hearing about the conditions faced by many children in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western hemisphere.

Their route will take them from their home in Long Hanborough, Oxfordshire, to Birmingham, Huddersfield, and parts of Wales. They will cycle in relay, spending 50 miles in the saddle every day, with the other driving their motor-home alongside. Their two children, aged 10 and 13, will join them to cycle some of the way. They expect to spend 13 days in the saddle.

"We'd like to raise £7500," Mrs Gundry said, "but anything we can raise to reach the £17,500 shortfall faced by the child-survival unit would be great."

One in 14 children in Haiti dies before their first birthday, and the new unit will provide medical and nutritional support for mothers with young children.

To sponsor the Gundry's ride, visit www.justgiving.com/TourofHaiti. To donate online, and to discover how to join the Gundrys for part of their journey, visit www.facebook.com/tourofhaiti, or follow @Prov3v5 on Twitter. To send a donation from your mobile, text 70070 with the words HAIT80, and your donation amount.

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