Ian's revved up for big Africa trek fundraiser

A BIKER will follow in the footsteps of royalty by tackling an eight-day challenge across Africa.

Ian Toal will compete in the Enduro Africa event this autumn which aims to raise at least 150,000 for a number of African charities.

Princes William and Harry took part in the event last year and in October Ian will set off from Port Elizabeth with the aim of reaching Durban about a week later.

Ian, 42, of Clatterpot Lane in Cottesmore, said: “I’ve always been a fanatical motorbike rider, and I’m also aware that not everyone is as lucky in life as I am.

“To be able to test myself to the limit while at the same time raising money for charities including Unicef and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund is a rare privilege.”

The challenge starts on October 2 and will see Ian ride up to 10 hours a day on a specially developed Honda bike. The off-road route includes some of the wildest country in South Africa and he will have to climb passes that were a backdrop to the Boer War and build his own rafts to cross mighty rivers.

Ian, who is married to Anna, is the managing director of Delice de France, based in Southall, and has three children Tiger, five, Ella, 11, and 12-year-old Molly.

On September 25 he is hosting an eco fashion show at Whissendine Primary School from 6pm to raise money for the ride. All the outfits worn will be created by the children and will have been made from recycled clothes. There will also be an charity auction of promises.

l To sponsor Ian email Andrea Hicks at hicksa@delicedefrance.co.uk