Aberdeen Churchgoers raise £15500 to combat hunger in Malawi

Midstocket Church members
Midstocket Church members aged 11 to 93 together clocked up the longest distance of any congregation to win the Golden Pedal award.

Church of Scotland congregations in Aberdeen have bicycled 12,392 miles in a fundraising effort that will send £15,500 to help people in Malawi who have lost crops to flooding.

The Aberdeen-Malawi Partnership challenged congregations to join the sponsored Bikeathon. Ministers elders, church members and friends responded by taking to their bikes, which included everything from state-of-the-art racing bikes to stationary exercise bikes. Participants could also choose to walk the distance instead of bike.

The congregation of Midstocket Church 'clocked up' the longest distance cycling a total of more than 3,000 miles – to win the coveted 'golden' pedal' award.

Rev Sarah Nicol said:

"We had a range of ages with the oldest person 93 years old and the youngest 11 years old –not counting the baby in the pram, whose grandparents were sponsored for walking with her. One man cycled to work and back each day, and another man was sponsored for his walking around New Zealand while on holiday. When we added it all up our total sponsored mileage was 3,668 miles."

Duncan C. Eddie, Moderator of the Presbytery of Aberdeen, said:

"It is great to hear of congregations within the Presbytery of Aberdeen working together to raise money to assist our partner congregations and parishes in Malawi. Many crops have been damaged as a result of the floods that happened last year.

"The idea was that together we would cycle the distance between Aberdeen, Scotland and Blantyre City, Malawi which is approximately twelve thousand miles.

"It was a great team effort across the participating congregations in Aberdeen. We encouraged one another to reach the goal and we succeeded.

"We want to say a big thank you to all of the participants and sponsors. We pray that God may bless the offering of his people in service of their brothers and sisters in Malawi."