Giving children the chance to choose

We are delighted to announce that our long time supporter Dr Joe McEvoy who is a well-known GP in the Derry area is leading our ‘Cycle of Hope’ fundraiser which will take place over four weeks from Wednesday 8th July to Saturday 8th August. 

Dr Joe wants to assemble a team whose goal is to cycle a combined 6,000 miles – the distance between Derry and St Luke’s Hospital in Wolisso, Ethiopia. He is encouraging the Derry public to take part in his ‘Cycle of Hope’ to help raise funds to support St Luke’s. 

Dr Joe said:

“I have long supported Children in Crossfire’s work, and was privileged to see for myself the life-changing impact they are making for children when I visited Tanzania some years ago.

 “I was speaking recently with some of the Children in Crossfire team, who were telling me about the dreadful plague of locusts currently sweeping through Ethiopia and destroying crops in its wake. This motivated me to organise a fundraiser linked to St Luke’s Hospital in Wolisso. Children in Crossfire funds the therapeutic feeding unit at St Luke’s, where children with severe acute malnutrition receive life-saving treatment. This facility will be more important than ever once food shortages and famine hit, as they inevitably will.

 “As a keen cyclist, I want to put together a group who will cycle the distance between Derry and Wolisso – a total of 6,000 miles – and raise vital funds for this great cause. 6,000 miles is a huge distance, so I am appealing to local cyclists to sign up and take part. Participants the Cycle of Hope are welcome to choose whatever number of miles they can manage over the four weeks of the challenge. In addition, anyone who would prefer to walk or run miles to help us out is welcome to join in too. The more people we have signing up, the more likely we are to hit our target and the more we’ll raise, so please get involved.”

Dr Joe pictured with Children in Crossfire founder, Richard Moore.

Children in Crossfire Chief Executive, Richard Moore said:

“We are very grateful to Dr Joe for taking this challenge on. His enthusiasm and energy make him the ideal person to lead this effort for us. I encourage the public to take part and help make this challenge a huge success.

 “Children in Crossfire are determined to do all we can to support our long-term partner, St Luke’s Hospital through the locust plague and the humanitarian crisis it is creating, especially alongside COVID-19. Our goal is to save the lives of very vulnerable children and Joe’s Cycle of Hope will help us to achieve exactly that.”


Would you like to join Dr Joe’s Challenge – Sign up today!


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