Well-Mad Ride website goes live
His aim is to raise £100,000 to be divided between two charities, the MS Society and the Leicestershire and Rutland charity Hope Against Cancer, which funds fourteen cancer research projects at the University, with four more currently advertised.
The website for this crazy venture has just gone live on wellmadride.org and that’s the place to look if you would like to follow Ian’s progress before and during the ride, or sponsor him or donate to the charities he is supporting, or set up a school link – or even if you’re just plain curious.
In fact, the 'Well-Mad' title of the cycle challenge refers, not to Ian’s state of mind, but to the opposing points on the Globe which he will cycle through – Wellington in New Zealand and Madrid in Spain.
Built into this amazing adventure will be 20 countries, 20,000 miles and establishing school links around the world, in addition to Ian’s aim to raise £50,000 each for the two charities.
A number of events are coming up to raise money for the ride. A raffle for a £500 bike, supplied by Websters Cycles of Leicester: tickets are £2 each. Contact Ian on firstname.lastname@example.org. There was e a Well-Mad area at the Clarendon Park Christmas Fair on Queen’s Road on 5 December; and on 23 December the Leicester group Bandjaxed will perform a charity gig at The Musician in aid of the Well-Mad cause, where the raffle draw will take place.
Ian’s challenge will start on 2 April 2011 and he will be away for around 180 days. You can follow his progress through the blog on his website.