Over the past few years Nick Guttmann, a Wandsworth friend from years ago, has raised about £9,000 for different charities. Can you help him top the £10,000? I had not seen him for several years and we met again at a funeral of a mutual friend and then he and his wife Sally attended the opening event of the Wandsworth Heritage Festival which I had organised.
On Sunday 10th August he will be cycling the 100 mile Prudential London Surrey road race for the second time. It’s the equivalent of the marathon but for cyclists. The route is almost the same as the 2012 olympic road race. Nick comments: ‘But unlike the olympic racers who have sparkling new super light weight bikes with almost infinite gears I will be doing the ride on my 35 year old bike. Man and bike will have the combined age of 93. So it will be quite a challenge battling over some of the highest hills in Southern England including Box Hill and the even steeper and higher Leith Hill.’
‘Working at Christian Aid has meant that I have seen first hand the excellent emergency, advocacy and development work that we do. As I write this we are scaling up our work in both Iraq and South Sudan where people are in urgent need of assistance as a result of conflict in their countries. The immediate relief is essential to alleviate suffering but those we are helping also yearn for peace. That’s why Christian Aid also supports projects aimed at creating long term security working with local civil society organisations in both South Sudan and Iraq.
My wife Sally Healy has been on the board of Africa Educational Trust for more than ten years and was recently elected as its chair. She has seen the work AET does, its amazing staff and the impact of its programmes. She wants to help AET expand its programmes and so do I. AET was founded in 1958, promoting education for all as the key to development in Africa. In its early years its focus was on supporting education for people involved in the anti-colonial and anti-apartheid struggles. Nowadays AET focuses on education in Somalia, South Sudan and Uganda where long term conflict has denied opportunities to millions of people. Unlike almost any other organisation they have continued to provide primary and secondary education in some of the most difficult places in the world, giving the chance of an education and hope for the future.’
To support Nick’s efforts for Christian Aid please follow this link www.justgiving.com/Nick-Guttmann4.
To support his efforts for the Africa Educational Trust please follow this link https://www.justgiving.com/Nick-Guttmann3
‘Thank you very much indeed for your support – and to those of you who supported me last year a very special thank you. All the support really helps me peddle up the hills.’