Ugandan Scouts to cycle 9000 km to Sweden
The Uganda Scouts have launched a programme for 20 members to cycle over 9,000 kilometers to Sweden to raise awareness on love and the environment.
The campaign dubbed the Uganda Scouts Cycling Expedition 2010 will see 14 cyclists and a backup team comprising medics, drivers, mechanics and other technical staff setting off for Sweden in February 2010.
The expedition secretary John Bosco Palongo explains that they want to send a message of peace and love for the environment through the cycling.
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Palongo says starting today four test teams will cycle to four test routes in Uganda and Kenya to get acquainted with the huge task that awaits them. Sweden is 9028 kilometers away.
The routes are Kampala-Gulu, Kampala-Bushenyi, Kampala-Kasese and Kampala-Nairobi. The cyclists are expected to take six to seven days and return to Kampala by bus.
Palongo estimates that they will take 120 days, or four months, to reach Sweden and will climax with the 22nd World Scouts Jamboree.
He says on the D-Day in February next year, the cyclists will cycle 100 kilometers a day, holding events at every rest point to deliver their message.
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When it happens, the expedition would be the first of its kind in Uganda's history.
Palong appeals to sponsors and well-wishers to come forth and fund the expedition, adding that they need a whopping 250 million shillings to make it happen. So far, just a few people have shown interest in the expedition.