Charity cycle in aid of poor African farmers

Dan Burdett SUS-150818-125253001
Dan Burdett SUS-150818-125253001

A dairy farmer from Haywards Heath has taken part in one of the UK’s largest cycle rides in support of poor farmers in East Africa.

Dan Burdett, who is from Cockhaise Farm, successfully cycled 100 miles in the RideLondon event which took place last weekend in aid of international development charity, Send a Cow.

Mr Burdett said: ‘‘I wanted to take part in the race for two reasons; firstly to take on the challenge of training for and then completing a 100 mile cycle, something I’d previously not achieved.

“Secondly I wanted to be able to raise money for a charitable cause close to my heart. I chose Send a Cow because as dairy farmers we had actually sent some animals out to Africa many years ago through the charity and I wanted to extend that connection.’’

Send a Cow began almost 30 years ago when a group of farmers decided to send some of their dairy cows to Uganda to help alleviate poverty and malnutrition.

Nowadays the charity works in seven countries in East Africa and provides a range of training, livestock and seeds to help poor farmers and rural communities lift themselves out of poverty.

In completing the challenge, he raised over £800 which is enough to buy chickens, goats and even a dairy cow.

Challenge events manage, Tom Lacey, said: ‘‘We’re incredibly grateful and proud of all our cyclists who took part in RideLondon. It was a hot day and a tough event but everyone pushed hard and crossed the finish line in good time.

‘‘Dan has raised an incredible amount and it’s great that he’s still so connected to the charity after all these years. We simply couldn’t do what we do without supporters like him.’’

To find out more about Send a Cow visit www.sendacow.org

Report and picture contributed by Send a Cow.