Matt and Coco Morley have swapped their flat in Tooting, southwest London, for 12 months in a tent after taking up a year-long world problem biking from London to Tokyo to boost cash for worldwide improvement charity Mercy Ships. The funds raised will assist to assist life-changing surgical procedure on this planet’s poorest nations.
The intrepid pair, who each work for the Division of Training, have pedalled greater than 4,000 km thus far. They’ve cycled their means by means of 13 international locations and battled their means by means of quite a few challenges comparable to flat tyres, abdomen bugs and getting caught in tar. However the decided duo, who married in September 2020 after having to alter their marriage ceremony plans and invite a drastically lowered visitor listing, had been decided the pandemic wouldn’t cease them from supporting those that want it most.
Coco, 31, mentioned, “We’re very lucky that we are able to cease work and do that. I’ve all the time been involved in all the things medical. I’ve a few pals with medical jobs who’ve volunteered in Africa to provide wonderful items to assist individuals entry healthcare. We wish to assist individuals in different international locations entry what we’ve day by day, that we’re so lucky to have.”
Mercy Ships has made an impression on Matt since he was a young person, when it was the charity supported at his secondary faculty and a speaker visited them with a strong message concerning the charity’s work.
Matt, 30, mentioned, “We each wish to discover totally different cultures, meet people who find themselves totally different and broaden our minds. However we additionally wish to simplify and strip again from all of the stuff in our lives and be pleased about the tent above our heads. We wish to use it as an opportunity to worship and expertise and respect creation.”
The couple have put all their belongings into storage and managed to suit their lives for the subsequent yr into simply 9 baggage – together with a variety of devices and gizmos to make life a bit simpler.
Matt mentioned, “My favorite factor for the journey is a tool that converts power from the bike pedalling right into a charger so we are able to cost our units!”
Whereas they each lament that they miss household, pals and actual beds as they sleep on their tenting mats, they each praised their supporters for his or her prayer, assist and sponsorship.
Matt added, “They’re all unhappy to see us go however we’ve had a lot useful recommendation they usually can observe our location once they like, in order that helps them.”
They set off on Could 30 and have already travelled by means of Spain, Italy, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, north Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan. They’re protecting all prices themselves and donating all fundraising to Mercy Ships.
To assist the couple hit their goal of £5,000, which they’re nearing, go to their JustGiving page