In the end, it was the respect and responsibility shown by the children that impressed him most of all. Jeremy captured his experiences on camera, and we bring you the highlights here.
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If there's one thing we can say about Jeremy, it's that he enjoys a good challenge! In 2009-10, he circumnavigated the world by boat, and – not one to rest on his laurels – he cycled from John O'Groats to Land's End the very next year (after cycling up to the starting point from his home in Essex first!). What amazes us about Jeremy is that the first question he asks is never “why should I do it?”, but always “why not?”
Jeremy's cycle tour for SOS Children took him an incredible 15,000 miles from the UK to Australia, taking in Europe, Asia and Australasia. For him, the highlight was Kyrgyzstan, where despite warnings for his personal safety, he found the people friendly and welcoming – and the scenery breathtaking.
“Happy and content”
When beginning his career in extreme challenges, Jeremy decided that if he was going to push the limits of human endurance, he might as well do it for a good cause! He tries to raise money and awareness of causes that he feels are underrepresented in the fundraising world.
He chose SOS Children because he was impressed by our global spread and feels that there are few worthier causes that providing a bright upbringing for the world's most vulnerable children. Like many people, he found out about SOS Children through his own research, and was refreshed to learn that we concentrate our energy on helping the children in our care rather than shouting about what we do. “Before I undertook the trip, I knew nothing about SOS Children's Villages,” he says. “I have seen at first hand the fantastic work they do and the wonderful children they shape and develop.”
Respect and responsibility
What he saw at the Villages along the way wowed him. “All the children I saw and met seemed happy and content,” he says. “I was immensely impressed by the standard of housing and the love and care given to all the children in all the Villages.”
For Jeremy, it was the respect and responsibility demonstrated by the children that impressed him the most. “I was inspired by the values of respect and responsibility the children were taught from a young age,” he told us. “Respect and responsibility for themselves, the other children, the SOS mothers, the houses and the Village as a whole.”
Along the way, Jeremy visited six Children's Villages in five countries:
- Lekenik in Croatia
- Tbilisi in Georgia
- Ganja in Azerbaijan
- Luang Prabang in Laos
- Vientiane in Laos
- Semerang in Java, Indonesia
So far, Jeremy's incredible achivement has enabled him to raise £3.6K in support of vulnerable children around the world. If you're as impressed by his commitment (and stamina) as we are, why not help him reach his target of £10K?