One half of the local duo raising money for HIV charity ACET Jersey has completed a 3,000 mile cycle challenge to Asia after seven months in the saddle.
Chris Knights (23) has cycled through seven countries en route, starting in France and passing through countries including Italy, Greece, Turkey and Iran before ending his journey recently in India.
The journey had its fair share of challenges, including stolen bicycles, flooded tents, kidnap threats and visa issues but Chris believes supporting the charity was worth it. He said:
“ACET rarely receives credit for the amazing work it does in a sometimes challenging community. I hope that by undertaking this challenge, as well as raising money, it will also raise awareness about the good work the charity does.”
The other half of the ‘Jersey to Asia Cycle Challenge’, Ryan Cooper (27), is planning on continuing his journey and aims to finish in Thailand.
Sponsorship for the challenge was provided by Standard Chartered, who helped provide equipment, visas and insurance during the trip. Over the course of the journey, different branches of the bank were visited in Milan, Quetta, Amritsar and Delhi. Richard Ingle, CEO of the Jersey branch of Standard Chartered, expressed his delight at Chris completing his part of the challenge:
“We are proud to have sponsored this challenge and are delighted that Chris has completed his part of this epic journey safely. We also hope that the money raised will help ACET Jersey continue its excellent and vital work within the local community.”
ACET remains the only charity in Jersey dedicated to educating people about HIV and providing urgent and emergency help for those with HIV. ACET provides vital support to those living with and newly diagnosed with HIV, as well as training staff in many sectors of the Island’s workforce about the risks associated with the virus.
Malcolm Lewis, Chairman of ACET Jersey, added:
“We are truly humbled by the achievements of both Chris and Ryan. The effort and the potentially dangerous situations they have put themselves in to raise money for the charity is staggering, I can’t thank them enough.”
With almost £2,000 raised so far, islanders wishing to donate can still do so through the Jersey to Asia Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/jerseytoasia, with 100% of funds raised going directly to ACET. Chris and Ryan’s journey is also being tracked on Facebook (www.facebook.com/jersey-to-asia), You Tube (www.youtube.com/jerseytoasia) and Twitter (@jersey2asia).