U.K. Couple Cycles Across the U.S. for Medical Relief


After cycling more than 3,800 miles across the U.S. to raise money for Direct Relief’s work, Sally Gordon and Matt Hassall visited headquarters this fall to tour the warehouse and meet more of the people behind their chosen cause.

This enthusiastic couple from Colchester, United Kingdom, began their ride in Yorktown, Virginia on July 13 and averaged an impressive 65 miles a day—cycling as many as 129 miles from Kansas into Colorado—before reaching their final destination, San Francisco, on September 16.

Sally and Matt chose Direct Relief after researching efficient charities online and because of Direct Relief’s national and global reach bringing health care to people who need help.

They were easily persuaded to add a visit to Direct Relief’s Santa Barbara, California headquarters before flying back to the U.K.  Upon arrival, the two entertained staff with stories about their adventure across the country.  They said they were amazed by all the natural wonders they had seen and all the friendly people they had met along the way.

“What’s been great about this trip is being able to experience small-town America and the Midwest region,” said Sally. “We have both been to the U.S. a few times, but only (major) cities, like Los Angeles, Miami, and New York.”

Though their trek is completed, they are still raising awareness for Direct Relief’s mission. The two have a fundraising goal of $1 per every mile cycled. 100% of the funds raised go directly to support the delivery of medical aid and supplies to people in need throughout the U.S. and in 70 countries around the world.

While cycling across the U.S. is a great example, others can help in ways as simple as raising awareness and funds through a fraternity or sorority, a homework project, or even a bridal registry.

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