I am most chuffed to announce that my wonderful friends Ruth and Hayden (owners of Bean and Bud) have offered me the chance to give my presentation in their lovely Coffee shop. Bean and Bud has been my sanctuary for the last 4 years. I meet friends, work on MSF fundraisers, read , listen to music and put the world to rights in this place.
On Thursday 7th August at 1800 hrs (6:00pm) I am very proud to say that I will be giving a 30 to 40 minute presentation about MSF, my work with them and my plans for Bike Without Borders – the Trans US Cycle ride in 2016. I have spoken at many prestigious venues now – the London School of Tropical Medicine, Newcastle , Leeds, York and Bradford Universities and of course Harrogate District Hospital. Now I get to talk in the place I feel most at home (apart from my home). So, Please come along, drink the best Coffee in Harrogate (lots besides) and hear why MSF means so much to me.
A belated thank you to the Infection Control Nurses at Harrogate District Hospital. After a few months of cursing their swear box was very kindly donated to MSF. The foul mouthed devils raised £24.50 which has gone to Doctors Without Borders. Thank you, you potty mouthed stars, now go and wash your mouths out with soap & water, your mothers would be ashamed.
May I take this opportunity to ask everyone who reads my posts to think about doing something along these lines. It doesn’t have to be a massive event that you run, it all counts.
If you need any MSF materials just let me know and ill make it happen.
Lounging in a field near Hunsingore having cycled from Starbeck to give my presentation about MSF to some very important people.
This is the furthest I have cycled in a long time. Until now I have only ever really used my bike to get to work or town. I am now starting to become a proper cyclist and I’m my mind this is the first day of preparation for Bike Without Borders. It’s been great. We live in a beautiful part of the world.
I have entered a strange new world, a world of Top tubes, False flats, Bell cranks and Nipple adjustments (context : spokes). In short I am learning about cycling and bikes. Thus far I have hopped on and hopped off , gleefully handing over my bike to an expert to sort any problems. This situation has come to a grinding halt as I plan the unsupported Trans-US ride now known as Bike Without Borders. I have to be able to fix things myself and so the process begins.
It may be partly due to the minor cycling competition about to take place in the Harrogate area but everywhere I look and every conversation I have at the moment is about bikes.
There are some amazing developments taking place at the moment with the plans for the 2016 ride. I will post more on these as things are finalised. Suffice to say, the list of people I owe becomes ever larger .
The pictures above were taken in and around Aloi Camp and Lira in North Uganda. The fella at the top is transporting a bed on his bike. There are no children’s bikes so the kids learn to cycle on adult bikes and put their little leg through the frame.
So there we are, Im off to contemplate adjusting my nipples now. Have a nice day.
So there we are. The 2016 Trans America bike ride for MSF is now called “Bike Without Borders“. Thank you to everyone who got involved either by suggesting a name or voting. It is fitting that the people who have raised and given the money to Doctors Without Borders choose the name.
Things are moving along nicely now with route planning, I have 3/4 of the route clear on one of my maps , the end bit into NY will be sorted shortly.
So now it has a name. Is anyone out there in the land of design up for helping with a logo? I need something fairly straightforward but it needs to be memorable and eye-catching . The full title of the project is quite long so our already used Burlesque Without Borders abbreviation may have to have to be borrowed a little . Im sure context will make it clear. I am confident no-one will be expecting me to cycle across the USA in a Basque and Pasties (well maybe one or two of my friends). I’m damn sure that come November the Manhattan Club crowd will notice if they just get 4 hours of me on a bike!
I am about to press ‘Publish’ on what could be the biggest fundraising error I have made in 5 years. I am going to ask my friends to vote for the name of the Trans-US cycling project. You can read the plan for the ride (such as it is at the moment) in previous posts.
Feel free to add your own ideas to the poll.
To help, the ride will be from West to East with a start somewhere in the San Francisco area and a finish at the MSF Office in New York (after dipping a wheel in the Atlantic). I have added 99% of suggestions I was offered. The remaining 1% include “Twat on two wheels”,”Pedalling Pillock”, “Balding and Badly Chaffed”, “Veggie with a Wedgie” ……. etc etc you get the idea. I do have to use this in publicity !!
Thank you for your help and may the best idea win.
I am a Staff Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Harrogate District Hospital, I also work with Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders). I have worked with them in Uganda and South Sudan & without any question this experience has changed my life. By donating via my website YOU can change the lives of many others.