The dream team has been assembled for the 2010 ColaLife Participation Ride and the members are:
Kiefer Scott (17)
My name is Kiefer Scott and I live near Scunthorpe in the UK. I am 17 and attend John Leggott College, I am studying Media, English Language and ICT. I am a passionate cyclist and have been for many years now, and when I heard about ColaLife I thought it would be a great oppertunity to raise money for a very worthy cause. I heard about ColaLife through a college friend who is also participating.
I really wanted to get involved because I love cycling, but also because I beleive that ColaLife is a worthy cause, and that the point in which they are outlining is one which needs to be made, and needs to be spread to as many people as possible. Also, the satisfaction and knowing that I have contributed to this cause, of saving lives, and improving the quality of life of people in developing countries, will be overwhelming. You can sponsor Kiefer via his JustGiving page here.
Sam Berry (27)
Sam, being Sam, has yet to provide a mini-biography for me to publish here. The penalty for this is that I will write it on his behalf (ditto Nigel below). Sam is my middle son. He has done a great deal for ColaLife already. He works for The Moving Picture Company and so is a bit handy when it comes to 3D animation. He was one of the team of 4 who pulled the first ColaLife animation together in 3 days. This has now received more than 12,000 views on YouTube. He also did this single handed to an impossible deadline – how the AidPod works. Sam has only just started cycling and this will be his first long distance ride.
Andy Clarke (18)
I’m an 18 year old student, looking to study politics at university. I have a strong interest in international development, and hope to be involved in some sort of government role in later life. I’m supporting ColaLife because once its aim is carried out, it’s a simple way to help people get the much needed medicines which they need. I also think that big companies such as Coca-Cola need to be doing much more to help the poorer people in the world, and ColaLife is a great way for them to do this. Andy and Keifer are planning the travel to the start of the ride and the travel back from Biarritz. You can sponsor Andy via his JustGiving page here.
Nigel Bolding (52, or thereabouts)
Again, no words from Nigel, so here are a few from me. Nigel is a great friend on of mine of many years. We shared a house with Jane (my partner in life and ColaLife) while at University. He is a ColaLife enthusiast and has obtained a quote for the manufacture of AidPods through one of his contacts in China (Nigel has contacts everywhere). This ride was his idea! Nigel runs The World’s Best Hotels and The Chic Collection – check them out. He is also the fluent french speaker in the team. He will be booking our accommodation along the route, if he gets round to it, that is. You can sponsor Nigel via his JustGiving page here.
The oldest member of the team and that would worry me except that I have done this sort of ride before: Land’s End to John o’ Groats (2006) and Land’s End to John o’ Groats (again!) on the national cycle network (2007)*. Oh, and I cycled from Cardiff to London in a day once. I’m planning the route and will be loading it on to my GPS so that we don’t get lost (very often). You can sponsor me via my JustGiving page here.
We are each raising money towards the cost of fieldwork in Africa which will produce a fully costed plan for an independently evaluated trial of the ColaLife idea. This plan will then be presented to Coca-Cola and one of the major donors for funding.
Onwards and upwards!
* For the cycling/GPS geeks amongst you, the mapping for this trip are here: gpscycle.com