Deaf UK men complete walking journey; U.S. Deaf men complete cycling trip
[Transcript] Here are two brief news updates.
We did a story in June about two men who decided to walk across the United Kingdom (UK) starting from John O’Groats, Scotland to Land's End, England (shows sign) to raise money for improved access to mental health for deaf people.
The update is that Mark Hodgson, Daniel Dorney, the walkers, and Christopher Potts, the driver, have completed their trip on Sunday, August 4th.
It took the two men, Hodgson and Dorney, 58 days to walk from north to south of UK. They started June 5th and ended August 4th. Their goal was to raise 10,000 GBP, but they ended up raising 57, 636 GBP which is about $69,543 USD.
The Daily Moth asked what their next step will be. A spokesperson for the two men mentioned that there will be another challenge that both of the men will release in September. They want to continue raising money for access to mental health for deaf people and to encourage people to have their own challenges to raise money as well.
The second story we did was last week about two men who rode on their bicycles across USA to raise support for the American Society for Deaf children (ASDC). The update is that Conrad Baer and Albert Blake arrived in Astoria, Oregon on Sunday August 11th.
How many miles was that?
Yeah! See the water behind us?
That’s the Pacific Ocean. We’ve reached the end.
Wow, we’re truly inspired now. We just checked and we’ve raised a total of $25,700.
How amazing is that?!
That’s an increase of $700!
With that money, the ASDC can support over 300 families. So, that is a tremendous impact. We want to thank you for your continued support.
Now, this is the end of our journey. We can enjoy laying back and recovering, right?
That’s right! What a good feeling.
Baer and Blake stopped by the Youth Leadership Camp (YLC) to give a presentation before arriving in Astoria.
I thought this was a pretty cool fact — there are two pairs of deaf men in two different countries (USA and UK) raising support for two different reasons, but what is similar is that both gave back to our deaf community this summer.
Congratulations to both for completing their trips.
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