Alan is gearing up for yet another charity challenge

CROWLE man Alan Rayment and Faz Khanum, of Scunthorpe, who will both be taking part in the Moldova Cycle Challenge.
CROWLE man Alan Rayment and Faz Khanum, of Scunthorpe, who will both be taking part in the Moldova Cycle Challenge.

Paratriathlete Alan Rayment, of Windsor Road, will be part of an 18-strong team taking part in the Moldova Cycle Challenge to raise funds for Link Romania in May.

The 36-year-old will cycle 206 miles on his specially adapted race bike and embark on a 16 mile kayak across Moldova and Romania in the event which is expected to take six days to complete.

Link Romania uses education and social care to help people overcome poverty and develop better lives with cyclist participants set to visit projects organised by the charity.

Alan, a bilateral amputee who has been in a wheelchair since 1997, has completed numerous sporting challenges, including the London Marathon and hand cycling 1,000 miles from Land’s End to John O’ Groats.

He said: “The Hull company Cyclone Wheelchairs has donated a chair worth £750 which I will be taking over to hand over to Link Romania, this will be a very big thing to them.

“I really wanted to give something to this charity and we will be visiting Romanian families and seeing how they live.

“We’ll visit projects, youth clubs and schools and it should prove to be a real eye-opener.

“We hope to raise as much money as we can.”

Link Romania General Manager Lisa Hector is also taking part in the cycle and kayak event.

“Every two years we run a fundraising challenge event, in 2008 and 2010 we did treks in Romania but this year we decided we would give cycling a go,” she explained.

“What is great about these kind of events is the participants really get to see where the funds they raised are being used, which will hopefully motivate and inspire them through what will be a great challenge.

“We will be starting the challenge visiting our Future Changed project that we run in Iasi, North East Romania, which includes a kindergarten attended by 20 of the poorest children from Dallas Shanty Town and social work support for them and their families.

“Another of the projects we support, and will be visiting, is a soup kitchen in Cosnita, Moldova which is run tirelessly by local couple Ruvim and Pasa and supplies a crucial lifeline to almost 100 very poor people, including whole families and the elderly, every day, 365 days a year.”

The Moldova Cycle Challenge will take place between May 20 and 25.

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