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May 26, 2010

Ex-ELT News Editor, Mark McBennett, on 500km charity bike ride

Mark.jpegEx-ELT News Editor, Mark McBennett, will be cycling 500km and raising money to provide clean water to a needy family in Cambodia. If you would like to sponsor him, please click here or here (UK site). Click here for Marc's 'Japan Coast 2 Coast' site which contains his blog and more information.

Mark writes on his site: 'The idea behind Japan Coast 2 Coast is a simple one: To explore the two great rivers, and three great Mountain ranges of Japan by bicycle with a few friends and at the same time raise some money for people in desperate need of clean water. We ( Lowell, Mark and Tony) are going to cycle some of Japan`s highest highways following the trail of Walter Weston who is considered the Father of Mountaineering in Japan. We will start at the mouth of the Tenryugawa river, on the Pacific Ocean side of Japan and cycle alongside the Southern Alps, cross over the Central Alps, to near the summit of Norikura and then take in the Annual Walter Weston Festival in Kamikochi before cycling to the Japan Sea coast following the Uwakamigawa river through Hakuba to Itoigawa.

We are selling nothing, but if you like you can sponsor us per kilometer and the money will not go to us but to providing clean water to a needy family in Cambodia. This is our way of enjoying a few days exploring the beauty of our home country Japan in an eco-friendly manner while keeping in mind those lacking the most basic of life’s needs.'

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