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Andrew completed the Silk Road journey in order to raise money for the Upendo Children’s Home, in Tanzania. This is his explanation as to why he has chosen to raise money for this particular charity.

“Upendo is a children’s home based in Mwanza, in the north-west of the country, which was started in 2009 by James and two other students from the University of Manchester in cooperation with members of the community in which they are based. They provide temporary care and education to orphans or children whose families are unable to care for them…”

“…My apparent obsession with cycling got me wondering whether James and I could raise enough money to both contribute to Upendo’s current fundraising objectives and be able to buy the tools and bikes needed to teach the children of the Upendo enough about riding and maintaining bikes to help them in later life.”

“Bicycles are incredibly useful tools in under-developed countries, and can provide the means to make a living, travel to work, hospital, or school. This is especially true in areas with roads largely unsuitable for cars.”

Andrew visited the orphanage to help out between January 2013 and March 2013 and this is what he pledged.

“Every penny raised will go towards this project. It will not go towards flights, or my costs, which I have paid myself.”

If you would like to read more about Andrew’s plans or donate then please visit Andrew’s Virgin Money page. You can also read the Upendo Children’s Home blog here.

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