STUDENT Anna Carey isn’t an experienced cyclist, but she is preparing to ride 200 miles from London to Paris for charity.
Anna (18), of Pinder Close, Waddington, sets off on the three-day ride at the end of June in aid of Practical Action, a charity dedicated to fighting world poverty.
A former student of Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, Anna is studying politics, philosophy and economics at Warwick University, and discovered she agreed with the charity’s mission statement of wanting to create a world free of poverty and injustice in which technology is used to benefit all.
She said: “I chose this charity due to its morals and values behind its mission statement, particularly its emphasis on the protection of all human rights, the aim of technological justice and its focus on helping others help themselves.”
The charity’s founder, economist Fritz Schumacher, declared: “An ounce of practice is generally worth more than a ton of theory.”
And Anna is not just theorising about the ride, she’s putting in some practice.
When she is back home, she is riding around the lanes near her village, and aims to do a coast-to-coast ride at Easter with dad Stephen, an engineer.
She added: “Admittedly I’m not the most experienced cyclist. I hope the ride with my dad will help me to get my fitness up and not put me off.”
Hundreds of sponsored riders are expected to take part in the London to Paris ride.
Anna will pay for all her own accommodation, food and ferry, so all the money she raises will go to Practical Action, which runs programmes in the poorest parts of the world.
After university, she intends to work for a charity.
She said: “I’m hoping to raise a thousand pounds for Practical Action, and I’m hoping to get as much support as I can.”
People can help by donating on Anna’s Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/Anna-Carey