So, plans are progressing for next years Trans USA bike ride.
In May 2016 Tracey and I are going to cycle, unsupported from San Francisco to New York. We are in the final stages of route planning (the last 300 miles which should be finished today). The route is going to be well over 4000 miles. I will be posting more information soon once everything is clear.
We have the bikes, most of our kit, and a great plan. We now need to get there!
This is a self funded project, any money donated goes to Médecins Sans Frontières NOT our food, accommodation, gear etc and not our flights. We will of course pay for these ourselves unless we can find an airline that can help.
I have been in touch with three airlines so far with no success, understandably the airlines want big returns with high profile celebs. We are just trying to do the best we can for a cause that means everything to me but perhaps won’t draw thousands of new customers for them.
Does anyone have a contact that could make things happen? I know its a long shot but we have to try everything I can.
We are looking for either no cost or significant discounts on flights to San Francisco with open return from New York for Tracey and I, our bags & two bikes.
If you can help please get in touch with me via any of the social media channels or on firstname.lastname@example.org
Fingers etc now crossed and thank you.
I am always proud to have an association with Médecins Sans Frontières but to receive the following message today was incredible :
24 September 2015
Dear Mr Dennis,
It gives me great pleasure to invite you to join us to celebrate the award of the Chatham House Prize to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) at a gala dinner on Tuesday 13 October from 19:00 – 22:00 in central London.
You have been nominated by MSF UK to represent the many volunteers who have been fighting the battle against Ebola in West Africa.
“The 2015 Chatham House Prize is to be awarded to MSF in recognition of its work in combating the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa. MSF was among the first groups to respond to the epidemic in March of that year and remained engaged on the ground throughout the crisis, caring for the majority of patients in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. MSF leaders and staff were persistent and forceful in their action to halt the spread of the epidemic and, as a result, were instrumental in saving thousands of lives.”
Many congratulations and huge thanks to my friend Laura Murray (on the right) who completed the Great North Run on Sunday and raised £160 for MSF in the process. Well done to everyone who took part, many great charities benefit from this event. If you would like to add to Laura’s total please go to her justgiving page. She has supported MSF for a long time as you can see from this lovely photo from Burlesque Without Borders 2 (2011) featuring Suzanna Wright, lucky old me, Rachael Burrows and Laura. This fundraising lark is hard work!
I am trying to think of street slang to make me sound hip when writing about a DJ. Sadly Im 48, balding and from Harrogate (nearly) so I’d only sound a bit silly. Suffice to say, 33 1/3 thanks to DJ Scooby for his fantastic set at Major Toms today. The company was as ever super charming, the beer mmmmm tasty and the sweet big band sounds were heavenly. Thank you sir.
Immense thanks to Josh Odle and Harriet Macleod for an incredible days fundraising for Médecins Sans Frontières at Harrogate ASDA today. Josh and Harriet spent all day collecting at the store and raised a superb £263.68. Josh said “I would just like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who donated to MSF at the Harrogate Asda store today, We had a fantastic day and met some lovely people.”
The money raised will be added to that already donated in support of Josh’s upcoming Yorkshire Marathon. You can read about and support his run for MSF HERE