Two expats from Karşıyaka are to raise money for the Royal British Legion (RBL) Kyrenia Branch and forces charity Help for Heroes by trekking from one tip of North Cyprus to the other.
Garry Abbott and Graham Inglis will aim to cover a distance of almost 210km in just five days when they walk from the “tip of the Karpaz to the tip at Sadrazamköy”.
The pair will attempt the cape-to-cape walk, which they have named H4H, between November 3 and 7 to coincide with the 2015 RBL poppy appeal.
Mr Abbott, 50, who completed the same walk in 2011, said: “I come from a military family born and bred who are all sports mad and I love conducting private fitness sessions for my friends, particularly after captaining Great Britain at American football in 1998.
“My nephew has recently served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and I worked as a civilian with a logistic unit in the UK for 30 years with the equivalent rank of captain.
“We have the best forces in the world and it is just a shame that our government won’t support them as well as the excellent charities like the RBL and Help for Heroes do, which we both want to support and feel that we are giving something back.”
Mr Inglis, 53, said: “My brother is ex-REME [Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers] and he has already sponsored me for £500. In addition our good friend Pat Burns is busy constructing a seven-foot high metal statue which will be relevant to the poppy appeal and which we are hoping to auction off at the Poppy Ball the weekend prior to our walk to get some pennies in the pot.
RBL Kyrenia Branch chairman Major (Ret’d) Brian Thomas urged local residents and businesses who could provide free accommodation for the pair along the route to e-mail him at email@example.com.
“This is a fantastic effort for two worthy causes and we also hope that, if you see them pass by, you will support them vocally or with donations. Also, some of our members can join them on the last 15 miles or so from the village of Geçitköy to Sadrazamköy on Saturday, November 7,” he said.
Mr Thomas said a downloadable app will also be made available explaining how to donate.
Tickets are now on sale for the RBL’s Proms in the Park event on September 9 which will take place at the Wild Duck Cafe in Lapta. They can be purchased from the venue or the Best Seller bookstores in Alsancak and Karakum. The charity has also asked for volunteers to set up a breakfast club for ex-service personnel. Those interested are asked to contact Dave Cobbold on either 0533 840 0278, 0533 838 4727 or by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.