9th October 2019

Once a Gurkha always a Gurkha – Rob’s epic cycle across Nepal

There are challenges, and then there are Gurkha challenges.

Former Gurkha Officer and dedicated Trust supporter Rob Abernethy has invoked the true Gurkha spirit while planning his challenge to raise funds for our work in Nepal.

Cycling across Nepal

Rob has decided to tackle the brutal terrain of Nepal in its entirety, by cycling the width of the country. Rob will begin his challenge in January 2020 at Darjeeling in India and finish up in Lansdowne India, a distance of around 2,200km. The epic journey will take him around 28 days.

Rob hopes that in doing so he will raise vital funds towards our schools programme. Our team in Nepal build and repair schools in remote regions of Nepal to improve access to education and in turn offer a better future to Nepali children.

The challenge ahead

Rob is excited, though understandably wary of the daunting journey ahead:

“I am not new to endurance events and after an awful knee injury ended my career as a Gurkha Officer as well as a fledgling professional rugby career; I slowly completed three Ironman events, swam from Corsica to Sardinia and almost rowed across the Indian Ocean. However, after 11 knee operations and my right knee having only 80% of normal power and functionality, this challenge is punching quite hard.”

Rob will be cycling the entire width of Nepal to raise money for our schools programme.

There is special significance in the finish line that Rob has chosen for his challenge:

“My great cousin (William Kenny) was an officer in the Garwhal Rifles (Indian Army) and won a Victoria Cross on the NW Frontier in 1920 – there is a wonderful painting of him in the Officers Mess of the Garwhal Rifles in Lansdowne, my final destination. He and his exploits were a significant driver in my decision to join the British Army.”

Follow his journey

Rob will be documenting his training and trip on his website at www.cycleacrossnepal.com/ and is raising money on his JustGiving Page. Please support him on this once in a lifetime challenge and help support our work in Nepal.

“Nepal is one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world, with almost one quarter of its population living beneath the poverty line.  In addition to this, Nepal has borne the brunt of many recent natural disasters including earthquakes and landslides that further add to the urgent requirement to ensure decent education for future generations of potential leaders in this most beautiful of countries.”

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