A blog charting the planning and execution of a fundraising motorbike ride from Watton in Norfolk to Modena in Italy.
Raising funds and awareness for a charity called CALM (www.theCALMzone.net), who help young men cope with depression and stress in a bid to reduce the shocking number of young male suicides each year.
Already a success in Liverpool, we want their work to be spread around the UK, and this ride is how we intend to start supporting them.
Friday, 11 May 2012
Hello all, my name is Simon and I make up part of a fundraising partnership. The other half of which is my good friend Pat.
The decision to set out on this venture came after Pat lost two close friends to suicide within a year of each other.
Both of these losses were so shocking because they were so unexpected, and in both cases the men involved were young and had families and prospects.
Pat and I spent the day out together, and by the end of it we had decided to find an appropriate charity that would help young men in particular deal with depression, and if possible avoid the end that Pat’s friends met.
I searched for and found such a charity in CALM www.theCALMzone.net(Campaign Against Living Miserably), who after a brief telephone call agreed to back our charity event, and to help promote it.
So now the challenge is to raise sufficient funds to make a memorial journey to the Moto GP race circuit in Modena Italy.
The reason for this is that both of the young men lost so tragically were keen motorcyclists, with one in particular who had long dreamed of watching the GP at Modena. So Pat and I intend to place a memorial plaque at the race track.
Any funds raised after this, and from other events will go to help CALM keep doing the vital work that they do.
So please visit our donation site www.virginmoneygiving/anicecalmride and donate what you can.