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IT is a mammoth 4,000 kilometre cycle through more than a dozen countries – and a Cork cyclist undertaking it hopes to raise 50 cent for every kilometre for the local Samaritans.

David Shorten will call a small tent home for the next two months as he embarks on the 42-day cycle from Cork to Istanbul in Turkey.

David’s trip is totally self-funded and he will be camping almost all of the time. He set off on his journey of a lifetime on Saturday by getting the ferry from Ringaskiddy to Roscoff before jumping on the saddle. He hopes to reach the ancient city of Istanbul on October 17, after cycling through the heart of Europe. The journey will be over 4,000km.

David said: “I travel over the Alps and through the Balkans. My journey will take me from Ringaskiddy in Cork to Roscoff in France, then straight across France to Stuttgart in Germany, then south through the Alps via Innsburk in Austria before entering Italy. After that it’s Slovenia, down along the Croatian coastline on the Adriatic, before heading inland to Bosnia Herzegovina, followed by Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece and finally a little bit of Turkey in the mad run in to the gate way to Asia that is Istanbul.”

David said he wanted to raise 50 cent for every kilometre that he cycled, meaning his target is €2,000 by journey’s end. “I’ll be camping almost all of the time, hopefully avoiding land-mines, wolves and wild packs of dogs along the way. I would really appreciate it if you could spare a little money for the good work that the Samaritans do and help make this journey even more special and rewarding. It’s a great opportunity to raise some much needed funds for the fantastic work that the Cork Samaritans branch do, where I also happen to volunteer as a listener.”

Cork Samaritans is a 100% voluntary organisation, with no paid staff. The Samaritans is not government funded and relies solely on donations and fund-raising initiatives. Last year, 196 Samaritans volunteers from the Cork branch answered 48,664 calls for help. Overall in the Republic of Ireland, 1,664 volunteers in Ireland answered 472,968 calls for help.

Wellwishers can follow David on Twitter and Instagram to get daily updates of his location and some of the sights along the way. You can also donate money to Cork Samaritans by texting CORK to 50300 which will donate €2 to the organisation.

See https://www.idonate.ie/fundraiser/11256628_cork-to-istanbul.html for details on how to donate to David’s fundraiser.

Follow David’s progress at https://twitter.com/davidgoesbyebye/ and https://instagram.com/davidgoesbyebye/

Article taken from here.