Black Cats legend Marco set for charity ride

CYCLE CHALLENGE: Marco Gabbiadini and members of SAFC's Foundation of Light charity.
CYCLE CHALLENGE: Marco Gabbiadini and members of SAFC's Foundation of Light charity.
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FORMER Sunderland striker Marco Gabbiadini has swapped his boots for a bike as he prepares for a charity challenge.

The Black Cats favourite is seeking support for his 320-mile cycle challenge this summer, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

We’re doing it to improve North East communities and fund activities that will lower crime, improve health and education, and make the region a better place to live.

Marco Gabbiadini, ex-Sunderland star

Marco will join members of SAFC’s Foundation of Light charity on the Ride of Remembrance, a four-day ride from Brussels to Paris in July, taking in key Second World War landmarks along the route.

Although places on the ride are now full, with 50 riders expected to take part, Gabbiadini is calling for SAFC fans to back the challenge through donations to his JustGiving page – justgiving.com/MarcoGabbiadini10.

He said: “The Cycle Challenge has really grown over the last few years and has become one of the key fund-raising events in the Foundation’s annual calendar.

“We’re doing it to improve North East communities and fund activities that will lower crime, improve health and education, and make the region a better place to live.

“With this in mind we’d appreciate donations to the team through my JustGiving page, so that our efforts have the maximum impact.

“We’ve already had some excellent support from businesses, including event sponsors Grafton Group plc, OSE European, who are logistics sponsors, and Quantum Law LLP, who have made a donation to my fund-raising. We’d welcome enquiries from other businesses who want to get involved.”

Previous Cycle Challenges have seen riders travel more than 1,000 miles from Dublin to Sunderland and across Italy, raising more than £70,000 to help fund Foundation of Light’s community projects across the North East. Although places are full, anyone wanting to be added to a stand-by list can call Cherie Lauder on 551 5153, or email cherie.lauder@safc.com.