Jesmond to Jonglei and Back – Mission Complete!

Our fantastic group of recreational cyclists (with a mean age of 71) have completed their challenge to pedal through 7,700 miles in less than 2 months, to raise money for the Jonglei Health Sciences Institute (JHSI) in South Sudan. The Jesmond-based cycling group was galvanised after hearing of the country’s desperate health situation through fellow club member and AID supporter, Graham Morritt. Less than 75% of the population of South Sudan has access to basic medical services.

The cyclists decided to cover the distance between Jesmond, home of AID’s office in Newcastle upon Tyne, and Jonglei, home of the JHSI in South Sudan, and back. Targets were smashed all round as the group finished their cycle in a shorter time than planned and raised a huge amount more than they set out to. Group organiser Graham Morritt said

“All have gone beyond their previous best performances in terms of miles done, all are happier and fitter than when they started.”

Over £13,000 has been raised for the JHSI, almost double the initial £7,700 target. This money will help to train the 68 men and women training to become clinical officers and midwives for South Sudan at the JHSI. Once trained these health workers will work across South Sudan improving access to quality health care for hundreds of people.

We thank God for this group and their valiant fundraising efforts.