BBC Newcastle radio presenter Jon Harle is celebrating his 60th birthday by cycling from Newcastle to London to raise money for British charity Send A Cow.
Send a Cow helps farmers in some of the poorest parts of rural Africa to become self sufficient, with a single cow able to provide 3000 litres of milk in a year. This can not only provide sustenance for the family but also bring a steady stream of income.
Another benefit of owning a cow is the difference their manure makes to crop yields.
Setting off on Saturday 3 June, Jon aims to cycle about 60 miles a day, which he modestly says is “nothing for a proper cyclist, but it’s a heck of a long way for [him] on a mountain bike. It’s a bit like taking part in a Formula One race using a Land Rover.”
He is hoping to arrive in London a week later and he will be covering his journey via his Twitter account @jonharle1.
Jon is covering all the costs himself, but hope to raise enough money to send a cow to Africa through British charity Send a Cow who recently won an innovation prize at the Bond International Development Awards.
The cost to ‘send a cow’ is £750 to Send a Cow, which is Jon’s initial target, but he says he would “love to raise more than £1000 and be able to send one and a half cows!”
If you would like to support Jon’s fund raising exercise, you can do so via his MyDonate page.