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Ditching Valentine's Day for water!

Frank Bazan, 36, from Sutton has taken up the challenge of cycling to Africa to raise money for WaterAid.

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13 Feb 2013 | UK
Frank Bazan

Frank Bazan 36, will set off on the 1,600 mile journey this Valentine's Day, 14 February, hoping to reach his final destination by World Water Day on 22 March.

Frank, an IT consultant, left his day job at the end of 2012 to concentrate on this new challenge - a journey demanding more than 30 miles a day for six days a week.

Frank said: "I decided to take on this challenge for WaterAid because it is easy for us to take clean water for granted, but there are 783 million people across the world who have no choice but to drink dirty water while 2.5 billion have nowhere safe to go to the toilet. Water, sanitation and hygiene are basic necessities that impact on health, education and livelihoods.

"It will be a tough challenge for me, a relatively novice cyclist, but it’s great to know that I will be raising funds to help support some of the poorest communities in the world to help themselves.

"I'm single so happy to be leaving town on Valentine's Day and embarking on this exciting challenge!"

By peddling his way through France and Spain to Morocco, Frank hopes to raise over £3,000 for the charity, which works to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Across the world, diarrhoeal diseases caused by poor sanitation and dirty water kill 2,000 children every day – more than AIDS, malaria and measles combined. Just £15 can enable one person to access a lasting supply safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

Frank's sponsorship will enable WaterAid to transform the lives of some of the world's poorest people throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific Region. You can sponsor him by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/bikeride-to-africa.