Fund-raisers hit target for Madagascar challenge

Fiona and Jack are pictured undertaking their challenge on Saturday.
Fiona and Jack are pictured undertaking their challenge on Saturday.

Glamis fund-raisers Fiona Young and Jack Davies have passed the £6,000 target they set for a charity challenge in Madagascar this October.

The couple will take part in an impressive 590-kilometre cycle ride in the north east of the island in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Their fund-raising efforts reached their culmination on Saturday with a static bike challenge in Asda’s foyer when, in keeping with the Madagascar theme, Jack and Fiona donned costumes of a lion and penguin from the ‘Madagascar’ film series.

In addition, for the day, they set themselves the challenge of completing the equivalent mileage of travelling from Forfar to Edinburgh, a distance of 75 miles, in five and a half hours.

With the generous support of Asda and its customers they raised nearly £500 and easily passed their £6,000 target, as well as the mileage for the day as they eventually covered 90 miles.

The couple have extended their thanks to Asda customers and staff for their generosity and help which they said was “overwhelming”.

This will be Jack’s eighth long distance charity cycle and Fiona’s fourth. The couple met on a previous challenge in India before going on to complete another in Mexico in 2009 and Lands’ End to John O’ Groats in 2011.

Their route will begin in the capital, Antananarivo, and will include much of the countryside as most of it will be mountainous and off the main roads, taking them through highland villages, paddy fields, lush fruit plantations and coastal trails.