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hiowaacambodiaThe Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) have announced that their hugely popular Kilimanjaro climb, taking place in February 2015, has already raised in excess of £100,000 for the life-saving charity.

As a result of the fantastic fundraising so far, HIOWAA have just launched their new overseas challenge for 2016 and are hoping to repeat the successful formula.

In February 2016 the charity will be supporting a group of intrepid supporters on a 450 km cycle ride through South East Asia, across two of the world’s most beautiful countries; Vietnam and Cambodia.

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The eleven day trip will give participants the opportunity to push their limits whilst gaining a unique insight into two of the world’s ‘must see’ destinations.  The going will be tough, and the group will be cycling long distances over several days in a tropical climate, coping with tired legs, lots of bugs and the occasional downpour.

Community and Corporate Fundraiser James King commented:

“We have already begun to receive our first ‘sign ups’ for our Vietnam/Cambodia 2016 challenge.  There is a huge amount of goodwill towards HIOWAA in our local community, and people will challenge themselves in any way they can in order to help us keep the Air Ambulance flying. This challenge is not for the faint hearted, but we will be here to support you all of the way “.

For James, who has recently battled ill health, this is a very personal challenge.  James is determined to complete the 405km trek and to raise money for a cause that very dear to his heart because he was once rescued by the Air Ambulance following a cycling accident.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance flies seven days a week and attends an average of two to three missions a day, many of them life saving.  The charity receives no government, statutory or national lottery funding for operational purposes, and is entirely dependent on gifts received from members of the public, companies and grant-making bodies to keep the Air Ambulance flying.

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