Fundraising Irish cyclist arrives in Nairobi during 12,000km journey through Africa

Tomás Mac an t-Saoir at Irish Embassy
Irish fundraiser Tomás Mac an t-Saoir with Deputy Ambassador Lisa Doherty during a visit to Irish Embassy in Nairobi. Photo: Twitter/IrlEmbKenya

Yesterday, the Irish Embassy welcomed ‘adventure junkie’ Tomás Mac an t-Saoir who was stopping off during his epic cycle ride from Cairo to Cape Town.

The 23 year old from Ballyferriter, Ireland set off on his 12,000km journey, through ten countries, from Cairo on November 2nd, 2018, and is also planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro despite having no mountaineering experience.

His first night in Kenya was spent with Brighter Communities Worldwide CEO Martin Ballantyne and his wife Maria. 

After arriving in Nairobi on Sunday, Tomás met up with a friend from Taiwan, who he last met when he set off from Cairo, at Carnivore restaurant.

He has also visited Banda School, where British Keynan cyclist Chris Froome was educated.

The main goal of this cycle tour is to raise funds for the Donal Walsh Live Life Foundation. This foundation was established following the passing of Donal and continues to promote his anti-suicide #LiveLife message whilst also assisting in providing age appropriate teenage facilities in hospital and hospice care centres.

In 2016, Tomás cycled 4,800km solo and unsupported across the United States of America for the same cause, raising €7,950 in the process. 

Tomás is being joined by his girlfriend as he takes a two-week break before continuing his journey to South Africa.

You can follow Tomás’ journey via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information on his this fundraising effort, you can visit his website and if you would like to support his fundraising effort, please click here.

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