A Gourdon woman who is undertaking a charity cycle and climb has thanked her community for their “phenomenal” support and is reaching out to others in the area to support her and her partner’s fundraising for CLAN.
Amanda Zglobis along with her partner Keith McCarthy are going to take on the epic challenge of cycling the West Highland Way, a 97 mile off road cycle, and then climbing 4,409 feet up Ben Nevis over the space of five days in June.
They are taking on this gruelling challenge to raise money for CLAN cancer support. Amanda explained why they chose to fundraise for CLAN.
She said: “CLAN itself as a charity is amazing. Their new facilities are mind blowing.”
She explained how she saw first hand how the facilities provide rooms for those undergoing treatment as well as rehabilitation, relaxation and therapy rooms.
When they first decided to take part in this fundraising event, Amanda explains that Keith and herself had hoped to raise £500 but fundraising has already rocketed above this figure and the amount currently stands at over £1,700.
Amanda says the communities around Gourdon have helped them to reach this amount. The couple have received support from; The Hornblowers chip shop in Gourdon, the Harbour Bar in Gourdon, Bobbies village shop in Gourdon and the Bervie Chipper Inverbervie. All of these businnesses have collection boxes in them to support the couple.
They have also received a massive amount of support Don Bone and his team on the Clyde platform and the RBS community cash back day.
Maureen and Susan who are the fundraising managers from CLAN have given Amanda a lot of support in the lead up to the event and have opened Amanda’s eyes to CLAN’s work.
Amanda and Keith are now hoping that more of the local community will get behind them to support the vital work that CLAN does. Amanda is looking forward to the challenge and says that the support from the community will keep her going.
She says that for her the biggest worry is that she feels like she can’t keep going after a long day, however she knows that it will all be worth it once she stands at the top of Ben Nevis and is able to give the money to CLAN.
She says she thinks a different issue will be Keith’s biggest challenge. “For him, his biggest challenge will be tolerating me,” she jokes.
To sponsor Keith and Amanda on their adventure visit www.justgiving.com/teams/strictlycomebiking.