When his father in law was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumour earlier this year, Michael Caroussis wanted to do his bit to raise funds and awareness. Seeking a physical challenge he could complete in one day, he hit upon the idea of a 12 hour cycle challenge – cycling for 12 hours straight. Doing this in a public place would help shine a light on brain tumours. And, it’ll make it easier for friends and family to come along and support.
So on Saturday October 28th, at 5am, Michael, from London, will set out on continuous cycle laps of Regent’s Park. He’ll clock up as many miles as he can before the finish time of 5pm later that day.
Getting in gear for the 12 hour cycle challenge
Michael, a ship broker, has been training hard to prepare for the challenge.
Support from family and friends – some of whom will join him for a lap or two – will be crucial to keep his spirits high and pedal rate up!
“Having friends and family there and doing some laps with me will be amazing and I’m really looking forward to that.
“I think the second half of the challenge is going to start to feel really tough. But I’m hoping that this is when I will have some support and friends join for a bit to keep me company and push me along.”
Fundraising target almost reached!
Michael set himself an ambitious fundraising target of £10,000, which he has already nearly achieved. And he’s been touched and encouraged by the generosity his 12 hour cycle challenge has provoked:
“It’s been quite overwhelming the amount of support we have received. Family and friends have been really incredible and we are all so grateful. I know it will keep me going when my legs want to stop working!
“Brain tumours are something that I knew very little about until they had personally affected me and my family. I think this is the case with lots of people. So, this is why I would like to help raise awareness so that people affected can be more prepared. Not to mention that every penny raised can go towards helping people fight it and hopefully change their lives for the better.”
Check out Michael’s Just Giving Page here:
Michael completed his 12 hour ride covering 303 km. Below are some photographs from the day. Well done Michael! Michael’s fundraising has now raised over £15,000 with Gift Aid.
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