28 May 2013

76-year-old Methodist cycles 600 miles to combat poverty


Former RE teacher Colin Brannen is cycling from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to London - and back - to join thousands of fellow supporters of the Enough Food For Everyone IF campaign in Hyde Park on Saturday June 8.

Colin, 76, who has been cycling for over 60 years and doesn't own a car, hopes to raise awareness of the campaign throughout his journey by adorning his bike with posters and talking to people along the route.

He said: "I want to bring about change and encourage the government to be more supportive of our campaign against poverty."

Colin has previously cycled from Newcastle to Brighton for a Trade Justice event at the Labour Party conference in 2004, Birmingham for the G8 in 1998, and part of the way to Cologne to also rally the G8 in 1999.

Colin has been a Christian Aid district organiser for over 30 years, overseeing activities in his own church, Westerhope Methodist, and five others in the area. He will be timing his epic ride to finish at the Big IF London rally in Hyde Park which takes place on Saturday June 8 from 2pm to 5pm.

Find out more about the Big If campaign in Hyde Park here.

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