Charity motorbike trip highlights hospice care in Africa

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Russell Johns has temporarily swapped his life as a local businessman for a life on the road, as he faces a 15,000-mile fundraising journey through ten countries across Africa.

Johns’ solo motorbike ride from the United Kingdom to Cape Town will raise money for a local charity that means a lot to him, while raising awareness of the African hospice movement at the same time.

His journey began on Thursday 1st November when he set off from North Devon Hospice’s base, heading for France – the first of 20 countries he will travel through en route to South Africa.

On departing for his expedition, Johns said: “We have been planning this for many months, so it’s hard to believe that the moment has now arrived…There have been so many hurdles to overcome, such as applying for visas and finding safe routes through certain countries.”

In Africa, Johns will travel through Egypt, before travelling through Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and finally arriving in South Africa and making his way to the most southerly tip of the continent near Cape Town.

In every African country he visits in Africa, Johns will be spending time at a local hospice to see how they operate in very different conditions to their European counterparts, in an attempt to raise awareness of the hospice movement in Africa.

Throughout the month of November, the Africa edition of ehospice will be profiling the work of hospices along John’s route.

“I think having wonderful hospices is something we almost take for granted in the UK, so I wanted to see how hospices in Africa care for those with cancer, HIV and other life-limiting illnesses. We have worked hard to make a link with hospices across 10 African countries and I will be visiting each of them to learn more abut what they do and publicise their plight.”

Johns will be regularly blogging on his website throughout the trip; giving updates on miles covered, countries travelled through and the hospices he has visited.

To keep up to date with where he is on his journey, and also to make a donation to the cause, visit: www.hospiceafricanadventure.co.uk.

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