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A north Suffolk man who cycled six thousand miles across Europe and Africa to help children in Rwanda is staging a photographic exhibition from next week, giving an insight to his amazing journey.
Julian Claxton of Oulton, near Lowestoft, set off from Bury St Edmunds on April 28 with two fellow cyclists and crossed more than a dozen countries before reaching Rwanda’s capital Kigali on July 9.
He completed the ride despite suffering a bout of gastroenteritis
and facing “hell-like” conditions in Eygpt where temperatures soared to 44C.
From Monday, Mr Claxton, 32, is exhibiting a collection of eye-catching photographs he took on his journey at The Forum in Norwich. Among them is a picture of a street child in Sudan, who posed for a photograph, and another showing a farmer ploughing his land at sunrise in the Rift Valley in Ethiopia.
People visiting the The Cycle to Rwanda Photographic Journey will also be able to meet Mr Claxton and talk about his many experiences – including how he and his fellow cyclists crossed Egypt in six days and spent 10 days riding across the deserts of Sudan and into Ethiopia.
On arrival in Kigali, the cyclists received a heroes’ welcome and were met by the Rwandan cycling team and other Olympic athletes.
They were also treated to a reception in the national stadium and had afternoon tea with the British High Commissioner.
The Forum describes the week-long exhibition as “an emotive
body of work documenting the highs and lows of this incredible, life-changing adventure through 14 countries”.
Mr Claxton was joined on the epic bike ride by Peter White, of Bury St Edmunds and Peter Goodwin, of Colchester.
They were raising money for sporting equipment for children in Rwanda, which suffered a brutal civil war in the 1990s.
So far they have collected more than £9,200 in donations.
The photographic exhibition will be on display for seven days from Monday in the Forum’s Atrium between 9am and 5.30pm.
To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/cycletorwanda
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