When I first started planning my overland trip from London to Brisbane, I had no thought of doing it for any cause or charity, it was merely a personal challenge that I wanted to achieve. However, it soon became apparent that the planning and logistics of the trip were a lot more than I expected. Coupled with people’s reaction to the news of my travel plans I was starting to think that the whole trip would be a bit bigger than I initially expected; there seemed to be general interest in what I was doing and that people wanted to follow my trip.
With that in mind, I thought I would speak to charities to see if they would be interested in working with me to see if I could raise a bit of awareness for them along the way. I had followed Oddballs for a while and loved their idea of raising money and awareness for testicular cancer, and after contacting them we quickly agreed that we could use my trip to raise awareness, and hopefully a bit of money for testicular cancer research.
I have my own reasons for choosing the Oddballs Foundation. In 2009, I discovered a lump on a testicle, and the doctors wanted to remove it immediately. Once it was taken out I was very relieved to discover that it was a benign tumour, and although obviously ‘1 ball down’ I have been able to live my life to the full since.
I am very aware however that others are not as lucky as me and I really want to raise money for those who suffer from testicular cancer, and raise awareness to ensure every man knows the importance of giving their balls a good old check over regularly.
Oddballs is a fantastic foundation and they have created really innovative ways to support their cause. I can’t wait to help them as I take on the daunting, but very exciting challenge of travelling from London to Brisbane overland in order to watch the next cricket Ashes series between Australia and England.
Therefore, I have set myself the challenge of raising as much money as I can during my travels. I can assure you that although I’m sure the trip will be an experience of a lifetime, the planning, logistics and expenses have been far from straightforward and I would be massively grateful if you think it warrants a few pounds to be donated to this great cause. You can find my ‘justgiving’ page for the trip here.
In addition, please visit www.myoddballs.com and check out their amazing range of men’s and women’s underwear, swimwear and other accessories that all support the foundation.