Geoff Thomas has issued a worldwide rallying call for support as he and his team of ten amateur cyclists begin the final 500km of their brutal ‘Le Tour – One Day Ahead’ challenge for Cure Leukaemia today (Wednesday).
We have labeled Wednesday July 22 ‘#5ForACure’ day, when Geoff will be urging members of the public, both at home and abroad, to donate £5 towards the team’s fundraising drive.
The 50-year-old and his Le Tour team are physically exhausted and mentally spent after overcoming 17 gruelling stages – sometimes in suffocating 40-plus degree heat – of the 2015 Tour de France route one day ahead of the professional peloton.
But they are determined to complete all 21 stages of the 3,360 km challenge to give more blood cancer patients access to potentially life-saving treatment and help find a cure for this horrific disease.
They are tackling Stage 18 today, the punishing 186.5km route from Gap to Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne and second of four days of torment in the Alps, which culminates in Friday’s iconic and notorious climb up the mighty Alpe d’Huez.
To donate to Geoff and and the team text CURE05 £5 to 70070 or visit the Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/Geoff-Thomas-2015/
Given the extreme lengths Geoff and the team are going to, he is hoping for a positive response to the #5ForACure plea from Cure Leukaemia, the charity he is Patron of and owes his life to.
“We are all going through hell here in France,” admitted Geoff, who suffered from heat exhaustion during Stage 14 on Friday.
When you look at how hard the likes of Chris Froome and the rest of the professionals are finding conditions, it gives you an idea of what we are going through as amateurs. It is brutal but we remain committed to the cause.
When I am struggling up these mountainous climbs, I think of the blood cancer patients around the world who are battling this dreadful disease and it spurs me on. However, we must generate the funds to help them and that’s why I am urging as many people as possible to give £5, or the equivalent, to help such a wonderful cause.
With 500km to go it seems apt to ask for 1p per kilometre and I hope everyone can spread the word, because the professors, doctors and nurses we’re supporting are making a real difference in the fight against blood cancer on a global scale. Cancer affects us all and supporting Cure Leukaemia can help eradicate blood cancer once and for all, but we need funds to achieve our ultimate goal.”
Alongside the #5ForACure campaign, Cure Leukaemia is also auctioning off prized football memorabilia. The items include signed England, Manchester United and Everton shirts, which are being auctioned on eBay. The shirts were kindly donated by The FA and clubs respectively to help Geoff generate funds.
Bid for the shirts below:
England - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111717944671
Everton - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111717950306
Cure Leukaemia's £1m Centre Appeal 2017