AN INTREPID group of fund raisers plan to pedal from Emsworth to Transylvania – without moving.
The team of firefighters, soldiers, Royal Navy personnel and gym-goers are going to have a go in aid of a good cause.
The charity bike ride will not actually leave St Peter’s Square in Emsworth.
Instead, the super-fit team are hoping to, with the help of others, cover the 1,480 miles from the town to the historic Romanian region famous for vampires and werewolves on static spin exercise bikes.
It will be a tough task, but they are determined to help the charity Love Light Romania, which helps provide respite care for children suffering from HIV and AIDS in the former Eastern Bloc country.
Two decades ago as many as 10,000 Romanian children contracted HIV in the country’s orphanages.
Blood had been injected as a nutritional supplement with dirty needles.
It has now led to an epidemic of HIV across the country.
Perry Dodgson, crew manager at Emsworth Fire Station, said: ‘Through a friend I have been involved with Love Light Romania for eight years.
‘This registered charity is based near Transylvania and provides respite care for children suffering from Aids or HIV and gives essential support to the families effected by the virus.
‘The charity motto “All terminally ill children and young people have the right to a purposeful and healthy life and the right to die with dignity” sums it all up.’
The bike ride takes place on Saturday, November 26 from 6am to around midnight.
The event is also being organised by former Navy physical training instructor George ‘Topsy’ Turner, of Third Avenue, Havant, who runs fitness bootcamps at Emsworth Recreation Ground.
Now the search is on to find others who want to join in the effort – the more people who add their support, the easier it will be to reach the collective target for the day of 1,480 miles.
Firefighter Dodgson added: ‘Keen cyclists who would like to add a little something extra to their training regime are urged to put a team together and join us to raise money for this worthy cause .
‘We also welcome those who haven’t cycled for a while to come along, have fun and take part as every minute on the bike will help raise funds.
‘Support from residents on the day will also definitely help us go the extra mile.’
Teams interested in taking part can email Firefighter Dodgson at email@example.com