Mountain biker donates BMX to Kabul orphanage
11:20am Friday 1st November 2013 in NW
A RETIRED downhill mountain biker has spread his love of two wheels all the way to Afghanistan.
Matt Williamson, aged 42, wanted to give others a chance to enjoy the pleasures a lifetime of BMX and downhill biking have brought him.
He sold his downhill bike after retiring from the sport in order to buy a BMX and fund a trip to donate it to a Kabul orphanage.
He said: “Having been lucky enough to spend most of my life riding bikes and appreciating how much fun they can be, I had the idea to try to get a bike to where children may only have had limited access or had maybe never ridden a bike.
“I chose Afghanistan because after years of turmoil the country is trying to get back on its feet and a lot of hard work and sacrifice has gone into helping this. Anything that can be done there no matter how small is a positive.”
Matt, of Mosley Common, travelled to the war-torn country on September 14 and spent a day with the children of the Mehan orphanage.
He said: “I took a BMX because they are great fun and can be ridden by children of different sizes. They are also very robust and continue to work with limited maintenance.
“The children loved the bike and had great fun riding it around the yard before they had to go to school. I think I will have to get myself a BMX again after seeing how much fun they were having.
Afghanistan has a very different culture and the security situation is far from stable but I was made to feel welcome by everyone I met and never once felt in danger.”
Matt’s wife Karen said: “I am extremely proud of what my husband did.”
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