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by Mark Zalewski
May 3, 2016
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Charles Stevens and Will Hsu, two of the youngest people to ever undertake such an endeavor, will attempt to cycle the Silk Road this May in support of A Child Unheard, with all funds donated going directly to the charity. Donations are being collected via the official JustGiving page, with more than £7000 already raised.
Supporting the A Child Unheard charity in Africa
The two are doing this journey during their “gap year” before heading to university. “I’m looking at this excursion as a method of ridding myself of life’s excesses as I cycle from Beijing to Tehran along the historic Silk Road,” saidWill Hsu. “While to some this may seem like a not-so-good idea, I am looking forward to experiencing new and unfamiliar countries and cultures, while also achieving worthwhile satisfaction through the funds raised for our chosen charity.”
“I feel cycling from Beijing to Tehran will prove to be the most rewarding and, ultimately, the hardest challenge yet,” said Charles Stevens. “It should provide authentic insight into a route of great historical significance; I believe that the slower one travels through a country, the better one comes to understanding it…at a time of such unilateral change in the cultural traditions of these regions, I hope to have the privilege of seeing them before they disappear entirely.”
Their goal is to raise £25,000 for the charity that works to improve the lives of children in Africa through education, sports and arts. Both Will and Charles’ parents have funded the entire trip for them, ensuring that all donations will go directly to the cause.
See a video introducing the two cyclists: