BBC Look North presenter Jeff Brown has signed up for the COCO charity’s Victoria Cycle Challenge, which will see him take to the saddle alongside athletics legend Steve Cram and other COCO supporters as they cycle across parts of Kenya. The charity hopes that the challenge will raise thousands of pounds to support its work to boost educational opportunities for young people in East Africa.
Co-founded by Steve Cram and British Army Major Jim Panton in 2000, the COCO charity works with communities in remote regions of the developing world to alleviate the poverty that prevents children’s education.
Between 26 October and 2 November, twelve cyclists will take on the 284km Victoria Cycle Challenge covering diverse landscapes and climbing a total height of 3,640m. After passing through areas of Maasailand, the cyclists will move into Luoland before finishing on the shores of Lake Victoria.
While in Kenya, the cyclists will visit COCO School for Life Mercy Primary, to meet some of the young people who have benefited from the charity’s Schools for Life programme which helps children to access sustainable education in a safe environment and covers six key elements: shelter; power; water and sanitation; food; sports and recreation; and entrepreneurship.