Ten-year-old Ewan’s virtual cycle to parliament
5 June 2020
Over the next month, 10-year-old Ewan is cycling 320 km to raise funds for CAFOD's global coronavirus response. This is around the same distance from his front door to the Houses of Parliament.
Ewan, from Tavistock in Devon, was inspired to take on the mammoth cycling challenge after hearing about the difficulties faced by people tackling coronavirus around the world.
Ewan, who has previously run a half marathon for charity, wants to raise awareness of the difficulties developing countries are facing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. He has chosen to fundraise for CAFOD while we are working alongside vulnerable communities around the world, and preparing them to deal with coronavirus.
Ewan said: “Everyone has been affected by the coronavirus, all over the world. Despite our fantastic NHS, people have faced shortages of toilet paper, hand sanitiser and PPE. Some of us have had to stay indoors and rely on others to shop for us and deliver medication.
“Now imagine you live in an overcrowded refugee camp, a shanty town in South America or a remote village in Africa. There may be one tap for a thousand people. Getting water would involve an hour’s walk. We have seen how our hospitals have been stretched, but what if there are no medical facilities at all?
“Everyone, let's count our blessings and remember those in our world who really do need our help.”
Ewan’s challenge, which began on 19 May, will continue for one month. He will track his progress on his JustGiving page.
Ewan’s mother, Francesca Mill, added: “Ewan believes in all the work CAFOD does and he is proud to do something to help spread the word.”
Help stop coronavirus from devastating the most vulnerable communities in the world
We are currently working to scale up our support to local aid experts, providing food to vulnerable families, and improving handwashing and sanitation facilities across communities. We are also helping churches in developing countries use their networks to share hygiene messages through Catholic radio stations, and to produce posters in local dialects on infection prevention.