After hearing and seeing many saddening stories of the events taking place in Ukraine, News and Media Relations Officer, Joe Stafford, from the University of Manchester in the UK, has decided to embark on a 1400km journey to raise funds for UK-Med’s Ukraine Appeal. He plans to cycle the journey - the equivalent to cycling the entire circumference of the Netherlands.
Over the course of his journey, he plans to speak to as many people as he possibly can to help to raise awareness of the organisation that he’s supporting - UK-Med’s Ukraine Appeal. The organisation is working directly with partners on the frontline, with hopes to raise as much money as they possibly so they can provide emergency medical aid for the millions of people displaced by the war.
The money would also help to fund a new facility, approved by the World Health Organisation, that would be the size of a football field, providing medical care for over 100 people a day.
“Watching TV news bulletins and reading live updates from the war made me so angry and upset, and I felt helpless looking on from afar – I simply had to do something to help in some way. As someone who really enjoys cycling – albeit usually in much shorter distances – I thought a challenge like this would be a good way for me to channel my emotions into something positive.” Joe said in a statement.