Amy getting on her bike in Coast to Coast charity challenge

University of Sunderland student Amy Melody and fellow fund-raiser Jessica Edwards prepare for their cycle ride.
University of Sunderland student Amy Melody and fellow fund-raiser Jessica Edwards prepare for their cycle ride.
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A CARING student is getting on her bike to raise cash for African children.

Amy Melody is hoping to cycle her way to raising £1,600 to support a visit to Africa.

The first year criminology/journalism student, at Sunderland University, will set off from Whitehaven, in Cumbria, for the 132-mile coast-to-coast bike ride next week.

The 20-year-old is taking on the challenge to help raise money for a voluntary mission to Tanzania.

Amy has already raised £1,085 for the Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme, which works in schools and orphanages in Tanzania.

She found out about it through the university’s student union, which was looking for volunteers to help in Africa.

“I went to Ghana last year and worked in an orphanage for a month, which was amazing, and I’ve always wanted to go back so I jumped at the opportunity.

“We are hoping to have the full amount raised in time for us to go over in June.

“Hopefully, the bike ride will push the total up further,” she added.

“So far, I have raised about £100 from the ride but I’m hoping for more. I’ve been training for a month and it is expected to take four days from start to finish.

“I’m really enthusiastic about it and I’m determined to finish.”

Once in Africa, Amy hopes to teach First Aid to school children and also educate them about sexual health, a taboo subject in the country.

As well as working in Africa, the Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme works in the UK helping disadvantaged youngsters, who can then get the chance to go to Africa themselves.

Amy, who has to attend numerous training sessions in First Aid and self-defence before jetting off, hopes to one day work in Africa full time.

“Everybody in Africa loves you and are so friendly towards you,” she said. “It is a totally different world to what you expect.”

The coast to coast ride sets off on Friday, and will arrive back in Sunderland on Monday.

Amy will ride with three fellow fund-raisers. To donate to her efforts, contact Amy at bf88bt@student.sunderland.ac.uk.