Aedas London Architects take to the saddle!

Veterans of the UK’s Cycle 2 Cannes (C2C) ride, Marcus Wilkins and Kate Eagle have signed up for the Cycle a Difference, Vietnam Challenge ride. For a number of years Aedas has been the lead sponsor and organiser of the C2C ride that has raised nearly £1 million for charities. As the leading international architectural practice in Vietnam Aedas is very aware of the challenges the country faces to improve maternal and newborn health care. Aedas is delighted to take on the role of Ride Ambassador to help raise awareness of the staggering number of newborns deaths. Globally 3.3 million newborns die in the first 28 days of life and most of these on their first day of life. Funds from Cycle a Difference will bring British nursing expertise to Vietnam.

Marcus Wilkins, Aedas Divisional Director said, “I completed the 1500 km C2C ride in March 2012. The 6-day ride was an amazing experience, a huge challenge and had great team spirit! This was my first charity ride so when Don Conning our Executive Director for Indochina & Vietnam invited our UK offices to cycle in support of our Vietnam colleagues I was happy for a chance to get back on the saddle for such a great cause. Traveling 85 miles per day, the ride will last ten days and will be a personal challenge for me. The opportunity to be part of changing the life chances of thousands of babies does not come every day and I am more determined to complete the entire ride.”

Kate Eagle, Regional Marketing Co-ordinator, triathlon specialist and veteran of the C2C rides said, “I am looking forward to being part of something unique. Cycle a Difference is a once in a lifetime opportunity. A great cycling challenge, it is a chance to see and experience everyday life in some of the most remote parts of Vietnam. After the ride, we’ll then have the opportunity to travel to Da Nang where we will meet the nurse that the ride will sponsor. The first neonatal nurse training course taught by Canterbury Christ Church University in Da Nang will commence in March 2013 and with 26 nurses on the first course, each one will need the support of an intrepid cyclist!”

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