Former HQ volunteer Nyomi Rowsell has yet again jumped into the saddle to raise money and awareness for Article 25. Having cycled her way from Cairo to Capetown between 2010/2011, Nyomi has yet again mounted a bike for charity, this time from John O’ Groats to Lands End in the UK, completing the journey in July 2012.
Having recently completed her M.Arch at Oxford Brookes University, Nyomi was inspired by the designs of engineering students for a bamboo framed bike, which she later assembled to complete the mammoth North to South trip.
The combined distance of both journeys covered an unbeleivable 8,700 miles! Taking over 10 months to complete, with some well deserved pit stops along the way.
When asked what her highlights from the trips were she responded:
“Too many! But of the few that stick out, flying up and down the highlands in Ethiopia singing Christmas songs!”
As well as investigating world architecture along her travels, Nyomi has also been raising awareness and funds along the way; spreading the word about Article 25’s work among intrigued passers by and cafe owners. So far her exploits have raised an impressive £3442, some of which has been donated by people she has met en route and she plans to raise even more, with a target of £1 for every mile cycled.
Nyomi’s journeys have been an exploration of culture, architecture and design, as she has travelled through some of the most diverse regions in the world. From desert huts, highland cottages to busy metropolitan city scapes.