African journey for Newham teacher

Former Stratford primary school teacher Gareth Morris will embark on a cycle ride from London to Africa today to raise thousands for children in poverty.

Gareth, who used to teach Years One and Two at Gainsborough Primary School, will ride in a team of six over 12,000 miles and they set off from Russell Square at 8am where they will be joined by 90 cyclists who are also raising money for street children in Kenya, Uganda, Burundi and South Africa until they reach Brighton.

Tomorrow, the six original fundraisers will proceed to Hastings before journeying to Europe, the Middle East and then Africa.

The team, who left their jobs to take part, have raised �7,000 so far but they hope to raise a total of �100,000 with the support of charities such as Street Action, Retrak, Street Child Africa and projects they will be visiting along the way and they hope to complete the challenge in July 2012.

To donate, visit and follow their journey on their blog and via Twitter @cycleafrica.