Callum pedals against poverty

Callum Cherry is 10 years old and likes a challenge.  Together with his dad, he hopes to raise funds for CAFOD’s Lent Appeal around water poverty.

They are planning to cycle from the Ribblehead Viaduct to Our Lady & St Edwards Church in Fulwood, Preston on Saturday 14th April 2012 – that’s about 45 miles.

Thinking about why he was doing this bike ride, Callum said “It’s sad that there are so many children around the world who do not have clean water to drink. I knew that CAFOD’s theme this year was clean water.  I like cycling and thought a sponsored bike ride was a good way of raising money and having fun at the same time.”  He was keen too to make full use of the government’s offer to match fund donations this Lent.

The CAFOD group at Our Lady & St Edward’s Parish in Preston were keen to support him and the whole community are rallying round to support Callum.

“Training is going well and he is hoping to complete the 45 mile ride in under 4 hours,” says mum, Sue, who’ll be in the support car with Callum’s younger brother Cameron, following the cyclists armed with refreshments and plenty of encouragement.

Callum with his dad

Last year, they cycled from their parish, Our Lady & St Edward’s, up to Lancaster, and raised about £120.

They’d really to double that amount this year.

“It means such a lot to us when an idea is carried forward by a young person.  I admire Callum’s energy and drive in doing something positive for the good of others.  We’re so lucky here to have clean drinking water at our disposal at any time, unlike millions across the world.  Callum isn’t just saying that’s sad, he’s doing something about it too – that’s amazing Callum.  Thank you so much!”

Callum outside Our Lady & St Edward's Catholic Church

You can sponsor Callum on his Justgiving page at

We’re crossing our fingers for a sunny day.  Good luck Callum! (And thank you Dad!)

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