Hi, I have the honour and absolute pleasure of being the first and to date only none Jewish participant in this event. My prime role here is to support my fellow participant Yacov Bakst to both complete the ride and maximize his sponsorship. That said, I am also extremely keen to complete this challange and raise as much sponsorship for this fantastic cause as I possibly can in my own name whilst supporting Yacov to do so in his.
I first met Yacov just over 6 months ago in my role as a support worker with Mencap. Yacov was aware that I cycled a little and he was keen for the two of us to get out for a ride when I was on the rota to support him.
I am so proud of Yacov he has gone from riding a couple of km, struggling up a slight incline in the wrong gear, to riding 70 km climbing some steep hills, alas sometimes still in the wrong gear. This is a blessing in disguise as it allows my 61 year old body to catch up with him. Yacov and I are in total agreement we are going to train hard so we can enjoy the actual day. This of course is easy to say but not quite so easy to achieve.
If there any rich philanthropists out there at a loose end as to what to do with their spare millions please consider sponsoring Yacov Bakst and John Knight - it is money going to a great cause.
Yacov has told me some 6 months ago he was joking with his mother saying how much he would love to take part in the KEF challenge, it was simply a dream that he thought he would never fufill, here we are today ready to make his dream come true,
Thank you for the opportunity, we will not let you or our sponsors down, John
KEF is a Jewish, London-based, non-profit, voluntary organisation dedicated to offering friendship and fun to children, teens and young adults with special needs and disabilities throughout the UK. KEF provides out-of-school activities, recreational events, residential trips and sleep-away camps.
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