Published Monday 21 Feb 2022

Degu Geddebo has turned cycling to work up a few gears!

Scott Stoll, a man who travelled around the world on his bicycle once said, “A bicycle ride around the world begins with a single pedal stroke”.

Well, this bicycle ride may not be close to around the world, but there is no denying the mammoth feat Wellington Hospital Paediatric SHO Degu Geddebo has almost completed, cycling from his home in Wainuiomata to Wellington Hospital and back for 28 days.

Degu, originally from Ethiopia, has been undertaking the long bike ride to work as part of the Aotearoa Bike Challenge, but also to remember the innocent lives lost during the ongoing war in Ethiopia.

His goal is to ride 400km in the month of February as well as raise funds to rebuild hospitals destroyed back in his homeland.

He is hoping to raise one dollar for every kilometre cycled.

With just one more week to go, Degu is calling for more cyclists to join him in the challenge, whatever route you may want to take, and also help him raise funds for such an amazing cause.

“Riding from Wainuiomata to Wellington has been very hard, especially the Wainuiomata Hill which is quite tough. I would like to involve more people to join me for the rest of the challenge. The other thing I would like to achieve is raise some money which can be used to rebuild the hospitals in Ethiopia.”

If you would like to contribute to this great cause here is the link to Degu’s Givealittle page:

“I would like to thank everyone who is participating in this challenge and I hope we have more time to go and we can achieve more together.”