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Diss cyclist marathoning to Paris in aid of Zambian water project

Richard Pither embarks on a cycle ride from London to Paris on July 31 to aid the Village Water charity

Richard Pither embarks on a cycle ride from London to Paris on July 31 to aid the Village Water charity

A long-time fundraiser and member of the Diss Cyclists Touring Club is embarking on a cross-channel cycling marathon at the end of July to help support a major Zambian aid project.

Richard Pither, of Croft Close in Diss, will bike all the way from Tower Bridge in London to the Eiffel Tower in Paris between July 31 and August 3, in order to raise money for Village Water, a trust that works to provide safe water and sanitation for rural Zambia.

Mr Pither, who will make the more than 200-mile journey with seven other staff and volunteers of Village Water, said: “I got to know them (the charity) quite well through Diss Rotary Club and I have been out there (to Zambia) to see what they do.

“They are usually very deprived villages that struggle to keep themselves going, so by providing them with the water, the sanitation and the knowledge of hygiene, they have more time for things like education.”

Formerly a chartered surveyor before his retirement, Mr Pither has collaborated with Village Water since 2006 and is one of nine trustees responsible for overseeing the charity’s work in the UK.

In that time, he has visited Zambia on eight different occasions and also worked to encourage Diss and District Rotary and other rotary clubs to support Village Water.

Commenting on the cycle ride itself, Mr Pither added: “It’s going to be quite a bit more testing than what I normally do, but I am determined to stay the course.”

Anybody interested in donating towards the cause is asked to contact Mr Pither on 01379 652825 or via email on rpither@metronet.co.uk for a sponsorship form.

 

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