CYCLING more than 200 miles would be a tough ask for men much younger than Dave Vinall.
But despite being the oldest participant, the 74-year-old is looking forward to the charity challenge later this month in aid of Worthing-based organisation Link Romania.
Dave, of Park Road, will join 16 others on the six-day ride from Romania to Moldova. It begins later this month on May 20, and aims to raise several thousand pounds for the good causes Link Romania supports.
He said: “I’ve been supporting the charity since 1999, and I know they run a very cash-efficient project, where no money is wasted and it all goes to the right places.
“But in all the time I’ve been involved I’ve never been able to go out there and see what they do on a grass-roots level, so this is a brilliant opportunity.”
Dave said he has been doing practice rides for the past few months, and is hopeful he will be able to complete the challenge successfully.
“I don’t know what the terrain will be like, but I’ve been riding up to 30 miles a day, which is about what we’ll do when we’re there,” he added.
“It will be good to meet the people who are helped face-to-face, and to see one of my personal favourite projects – the soup kitchen in Cosnita – in action.”
People from across the country are taking part in the ride, but there are two others from Worthing – Link Romania general manager Lisa Hector and Colin Clements.
Each participant is aiming to raise around £1,500.
Lisa said: “Every two years we run a fund-raising challenge event. In 2008 and 2010 we did treks in Romania, but this year we decided we would give cycling a go!
“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.”
Link Romania’s mission is to rebuild lives and communities in Eastern Europe, striving to help the poorest and most marginalised people through education and social care, helping them to overcome poverty and to develop a better life for themselves and for those they support.
Colin, 52, of Congreve Road, said: “This is the second challenge I have done for them as I did the trek in 2008, after finding out about it through their annual shoebox appeal at my son’s school.
“It was the best holiday I have ever had, as it was an amazing experience and it meant I got to do something good for charity at the same time.
“This time will be extra special as I’m taking my 23-year-old daughter Roxanne with me, so I’m really looking forward to it.”
To sponsor Dave, visit www.justgiving.com/dave-vinall
To sponsor Colin, visit www.justgiving.com/colin-clements