Michael Whitfield

I have seen the work of the Atlas Foundation first hand, helping kids through the power of rugby. In 2018 I have a double challenge - getting high enough to see the mighty Everest from a trekkers hut at dawn, and sitting on a wafer thin saddle for 80 tortuous miles in the Atlas peloton. 

Its not just rugby as a game, its the care, concern and generosity of the rugby family that impresses me. When the kids get a rugby coach they get adopted by the rugby family. Our coaches are trained to notice. To notice kids who are ill, hungry or unhappy; in trouble, struggling with education, or struggling in any other way. They then access the help these kids need, beyond the sheer pleasure and team support they get through rugby.

My challenging existence started in 2016 climbing the hugest peak in North Africa, moved to the arctic circle and scaling ice walls in 2017.  in 2018 it was a 500 mile trek across Africa, taking supplies to kids in our projects, followed by a very slow and hard bike ride. In 2019 I am trekking in the Himalayas, delivering more kit to kids up in the jungles of North Bengal and finish off repeating the hard ride across Cambridgeshire with the Atlas Peloton.

I raised £10,000 for the 2018 challenges, and I'm aiming to repeat this for the 2019 challenges, going great guns already. Your help is, as ever, hugely appreciated. I have had a huge amount of support already and you can see this on my past fundraising page here: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/michaelwhitfield1

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Many thanks,

Michael Whitfield