In March 2017 we began cycling from Lisbon, Portugal to Auckland, New Zealand, to complete a circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle, begun with our trip across Canada in 2013. Our intended route will take us through southern Europe, Turkey and the Caucasus, India and south-east Asia, China, South Korea, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. As we hope to see and learn a lot, including visiting UNESCO World Heritage Sites, we will try to limit our daily distance to 80 km, taking days off regularly.
We are using this trip to raise awareness of and funding for Parkinson’s Disease. Any donations made in connection with this cycle trip will be directed to the Parkinson Society British Columbia (PSBC). We chose this organization in consultation with our close friend, Margaret deGrace, who has been living with Parkinson’s Disease for the past 25 years. Marg convinced us of the quality of the programs and research funded by PSBC which benefit many people.
We have set up an event page on the PSBC webpage labelled Shifting Gears for Parkinson’s. People wishing to show their support for our ride by donating to PSBC may do so via the “donate to PSBC” button below. As a significant portion of the funds donated will be dedicated to research, fundraising will benefit people living with Parkinson’s anywhere, not just in our home city. We are grateful for any donations made to to PSBC on our behalf and for spreading the word about this event.