By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service
SHEFFIELD, UK (ANS – July 5, 2016) — Three clergymen from the Diocese of Sheffield in the UK are taking part in a 960-mile cycle ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats with the aim of raising £5,000 ($6,519.50 USD) in their fight against poverty.
Phil Batchford, of the Vine, at Upperthorpe, Graham Duncan, of St Mary’s, at Bramall Lane, and Harry Steele, of St Peter’s, at Greenhill, will be using pedal power to support the FoodCycle charity and they will be camping along the route.
Rev Batchford said: “We run FoodCycle schemes in the city at The Vine and at The Baptist Church, on Cemetery Road, and we’re planning to launch one at St Peter’s and this is all being overseen by St Mary’s.
“FoodCycle projects involve volunteers using waste food from supermarkets and other retailers to cook up vegetarian lunches served as community meals and this supports the fight against poverty and food wastage.”
They hope to complete their challenge – which started on June 27, 2016 – within 12 days and have been training hard with rides of up to 100 miles.
They are posting progress of their ride to a special Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/teampainlejog/
Those interested in pledging sponsor money towards the attempt can do so at: http://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/stmarys-communitycentre/foodcycle
Photo captions: 1) The cycling clergymen arrive in Scotland. 2) Norma and Dan Wooding in Hollywood on a reporting assignment for ANS. (Bryan Seltzer).
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 75, is an award-winning winning author, broadcaster and journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, and is now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for some 53 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. Dan is the founder and international director of the ASSIST News Service (ANS), and is also the author of some 45 books.
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