A WIMBLINGTON teenager is going to be using pedal power to set him on a path to Borneo.
Joe Clark (15) is heading to the South American country next year and will spend a month doing volunteer work building a school.
He needs to raise £3,500 to get there and is planning to cycle from London to Wimblington – a journey of around 89 miles – on July 22 to help raise some of the cash.
Joe, who attends Neale-Wade Community College in March, has bought himself an £1,100 racing bike to get him on his way after his dad advised him to “do it properly”.
Joe said: “I think it’s important for me to give back and help others that don’t have the benefits that I do.
“It will also be a chance for me to see how independent I am. I won’t just be able to go to the fridge and get a snack when I want. It will give me life skills to help me when I get older.”
The community-minded teenager has been training hard for the bike ride with his riding partner, family friend Kev Doncaster. Kev, an experienced cyclist, volunteered to accompany him as soon as he heard about Joe’s plan.
Joe added: “I’m looking forward to the ride as much as I’m looking forward to going to Borneo.”
They are aiming to complete the ride in less than nine hours and have their fingers crossed for a tail-wind.
• Anyone who would like to sponsor Joe can do so through the Citizen office at 11 Union Street, Wisbech.