Journalist turned PR man, Stan Arnaud, is preparing to cycle across Central America to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support charity.
On 6 February Stan will join more than 50 fellow fundraisers from around the UK to spend eight days cycling 680 km (more than 420 miles) from Panama, through Costa Rica to Granada, in Nicaragua.
Stan, 45, lives in Conon Bridge, Ross-shire, with his wife Judith, nine-year-old son, Joe, and six-year-old daughter Kirsty and works in Inverness as Communications Manager for the Global Energy Group. He previously worked in the Glasgow offices of several national newspapers and as the Press & Journal’s chief reporter in the Highlands.
He said: “I lost my mother to cancer in 2008 and my father in 1992. Macmillan gave tremendous support to them and to us as a family during their illnesses and I want to give something back through undertaking this challenge.
“The recent winter weather has made training for the challenge interesting. I’m not sure if pushing my bike through snowdrifts on the back roads of Ross-shire is the best preparation for the hot and very humid conditions we are expecting in Central America, but it’s certainly helped counteract the effects of the mince pies and other temptations of the Festive Season.”
So far Stan has raised more than 70 per cent of his £3,500 minimum sponsorship target. Of that figure, 35% will be taken up in expedition costs. One hundred per cent of any sum raised over the minimum sponsorship goes to Macmillan Cancer Support.
Anyone interested in sponsoring Stan can do so at www.justgiving.com/stanarnaud, where donations can be made quickly and easily online with a credit or debit card. Alternatively, you can contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on 07590 225513.
About Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support helps people who are living with cancer.
Each and every day 739 people in the UK are told they have cancer. More than two million people in the UK today have had a cancer diagnosis and more than one in three will be diagnosed at some time in their life.
As well as taking action today to support people from the moment they suspect they have cancer, we’re shaping the future of cancer care. Our increasing range of services, including our Macmillan nurses, doctors and other health professionals, cancer care centres, a range of cancer information, practical help at home and help with money, is funded entirely through the generosity of our supporters.
Thanks to them, Macmillan provides the practical and emotional support which will change the lives of people living with cancer today – and tomorrow.
For cancer information and support, contact the Macmillan CancerLine (Monday-Friday, 9.00am – 10.00pm) by freephone: 0808 808 2020, textphone: 0808 808 0121 or email: email@example.com; or log on to www.macmillan.org.uk