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Chiswick School chums going to Malawi for Microloan Foundation

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Three Chiswick-based friends are using a novel method to raise funds for local charity The MicroLoan Foundation. They will be cycling for six days along the shores of Lake Malawi in Africa this month, fitting in visits to the projects that the charity is helping to fund.

Tom Porter, one of the cyclists, said, "Our trip to Malawi is the pinnacle of our efforts in 2006, although it will be a physically taxing challenge for amateur cyclists with no expedition experience. We are not using a tour company for the trip in order to ensure all funds raised go to the charity. We are arranging and paying for our own flights, accommodation and food."

This is by no means the first time the three friends have raised funds for the charity. They are currently also in the process of cycling the entire length of the London underground and are looking for sponsorship of as many of the stations as possible.

The three cyclists - Jamie Allen, Tom Porter and Jamie Coleman - met at Chiswick School and have kept in touch through university, travelling and careers. The fourth member of team is Emma Barnsdale who Jamie Allen met during his time at Southampton University.

The MicroLoan Foundation is a charity that delivers small but very effective loans to people in Malawi, allowing them to start their own businesses – a real step towards making poverty history.

To find out more about the efforts of the three school friends as they traverse Malawi, or battle A-roads, back streets and the great British weather in a bid to become the first people to have visited every tube stop in London by bike, or to sponsor the Malawi trip, phone Jamie Allen on 07985 708490 or Claire Moran on 07836 586173.

The MicroLoan Foundation is a Chiswick based charity established in 1998, mainly run by volunteers who fund most of their own expenses. Its aim is to provide small loans, basic business training and on-going mentoring support to people in the developing world to enable them to develop self-sustainable livelihoods, feed, clothe and educate their families, and work their way out of the poverty trap.

August 15, 2006