A dedicated city fundraiser is gearing up for an exhausting 450km cycle ride across Vietnam to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Oz Gunes, a 24-year-old laboratory analyst, will travel to Hanoi next month for the journey of a lifetime, travelling from north to south Vietnam with daily distances ranging between 30km and 100km. She will reach the finish point at Ho Chi Minh City 10 days later.
Oz works for Rexam Beverage Can in Tongwell and has thrown herself into fundraising.
She rallied her colleagues to use the company’s annual community can challenge to collect and recycle aluminium cans from schools and businesses, raising £1,068.
She hopes to raise £3,500 for dementia research by the time she completes the cycling challenge.
As well as training hard for the physical challenge, Oz has been busy organising cake sales, a ‘zumbathon’ and bucket collections at thecentre:mk and GO Outdoors to boost the charity’s coffers.
The city Hobbycraft shop also allowed Oz to set up a face painting and card-making stand in-store, raising a further £450.
Other city businesses supporting Oz in her mission include Halfords – who have generously loaned Oz a bike to train on – and Hertsmere Leisure – who offered their support with six months’ membership at Oakgrove Leisure Centre.
Oz said: “I knew I wanted to do something crazy and out of my comfort zone to raise money for charity, and this challenge seemed perfect.
“I’m not really one for exercise and I didn’t even own a bike before I signed up for this so I’m really breaking some personal barriers with my training at the moment.”