A local cyclist from Bretforton, has embarked on a 400km sponsored cycle across the testing terrain of Laos, to raise awareness and money for the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), an organisation that assists people affected by landmines and other unexploded devices.
Mark Fisher, commercial director at Kanes Foods, took part in the five-day event, alongside seventeen team members from other businesses within the convenience sector. The event saw Mark cycling up to six hours a day across rough terrain which started in the capital Vientiane and crossed the finishing line in Luang Prabang. The team is collectively hoping to raise £90,000 with Mark on track to achieve his personal goal of £5,000.
Mark, a keen mountain biker upped his cycling in preparation for the challenge and also cycled the five-mile round trip to his place of work, Kanes Foods in Evesham each day.
Mark commented: “I am a keen cyclist but I knew this was going to be a challenge, especially when the terrain was rough and we were also going up mountains, but when this was discussed by some business associates a year ago, I was keen to get involved.
“It was a truly incredible yet humbling experience. We stopped at some of the schools and orphanages to see the work that MAG was involved with and it made us more determined to help contribute to a safer future of those who have been affected and those still at risk due to landmines.”
MAG is a British charity which helps keep people safe in conflict-affected communities affected by mines and munitions, providing people with the opportunity to rebuild their lives and futures. Around 280 million tonnes of bombs have previously been dropped in Laos, with around a third remaining unexploded.
To donate to Mark Fisher’s JustGiving page and help him reach his personal goal of £5,000, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fishersfundraising