At the end of this month Tony Ives leaves for his mammoth fund raising cycle ride across America, raising money to support unpaid carers in York. Raising funds for York Carers Centre Tony is encouraging people to donate money at http://localgiving.com/fundraising/follow-your-arrow-usa
A keen cyclist for many years Tony is no stranger to cycling long distances, having already pedalled his way from York to Faro (in Portugal total 2,000ml) and York to Milan (in Italy total 1,000ml). This journey, however, is ambitious and an enormous challenge.
Between 18 July to 25 September Tony will cycle 3,700 miles from Yorktown, Virginia to San Francisco, California: in short, he will travel across the entire United States of America using nothing but the power of the pedal to get him there.
Tony particularly wants to support carers struggling to care for someone with substance misuse or alcohol problems and felt inspired to raise money to help a small charity, or the ‘little guy’ in his own words, and he chose York Carers Centre:
'I am a York resident, so what happens here is important to me. And I sympathise for the many people giving a lot of their time and their lives caring for others, particularly since there are two people affected and a lot of the time the carer can be unappreciated, even by the person they care for.'
You can follow Tony’s progress across America on his website: http://www.follow-your-arrow-usa.blogspot.co.uk/