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Marathon Ride around the Province for the RMTGB Festival Appeal
Never one to duck a challenge, Botley freemason George Wilkinson of Thomas Bennet Langton Lodge, having climbed Ventnor’s largest hill, decided to stretch himself further by cycling to every one of the 38 masonic centres in the Province of Hampshire and Isle of Wight in aid of the 2016 Festival for the Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys.
The RMTGB was set up to relieve poverty and advance education for children and young people. In addition to providing financial assistance for youngsters who have had to embrace life-changing circumstances, it supports young people with exceptional talents unable to provide for themselves. The
charity also awards grants to both national and local childrens’ charities and its separate but subsidiary charity Lifelites.
In pursuit of his aim the 48-year-old spent five days in the saddle and covered well over 300 miles. So far he has raised well over £3,000 including gift-aid, and even though he has completed his challenge, the money is still coming in. The Festival, which concludes in mid 2016 and is being supported by all freemasons in the province, has already raised millions of pounds thanks to the likes of George who has gone that extra mile to do his bit.
George, who served in the Royal Navy and now works in IT, said: “Although
the distance doesn’t seem that far it was difficult terrain with plenty of hills, especially on the Isle of Wight and the South Downs. It took me five days to complete and something of interest happened on every one of them.
The hardest part was locating all the masonic halls. The one in Portsmouth took me half an hour and a few extra miles to find, and approaching Petersfield I had to carry my bike through the Queen Elizabeth Country Park due to the rough terrain, after taking a wrong turning, which wasn’t part of my plan or training.”
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