The dream of a sufferer of multiple sclerosis to reach Mt Everest will come true this year after one of the world’s leading motorcycle adventure operators, Extreme Bike Tours, offered to take him to the top of the world for free as part of a MS fundraising campaign launched in Australia and the UK by the tour company.
As part of the campaign, anyone who donates A$250 to MS Australia by April 30, 2015, can save US$555 (A$708 as at March 26, 2015) – or 10 per cent – off the cost of a 14-day Himalayan motorcycle expeditions to Mt Everest this September.
Keen English motorcyclist and MS sufferer, Tony King, 47, of Dorset, will join Extreme Bike Tour’s (EBT) 14-day expedition on classic Indian Royal Enfield motorbikes to Tibet and Everest Base camp on September 7, 2015, with the compliments of EBT owner, Zander Combe, who has launched a bid to raise research and support funds for MS Australia and the MS Trust in the UK.
With Australians comprising up to 80 per cent of EBT’s international customers, Mr Combe has invited Australians to donate money to MS Australia using an MS link on Extreme Bike Tours’ website – www.extremebiketours.com – to help MS sufferers like Tony King and help fund research into the debilitating disease. Australians who send EBT confirmation they have donated A$250 to MS via the link will qualify for the US$555 discount on the tour to Tibet and Everest Base Camp, departing Kathmandu on September 21, 2015. The tour is normally priced at US$5550.
Pillion passengers riding behind friends or crew or in support vehicles can also qualify for a 10 per cent discount if they donate $250 to MS, saving them US$475 (approx. A$606). Fares include accommodation in hotels and guesthouses along the route as well as all meals, fuel and the support of sherpas during the trip. Flights from Australia are extra.
Mr King, who started riding motorcycles aged seven, said the trip across the roof of the world to the foot of Mt Everest would be a ‘dream come true’.
“This trip to Everest will be the pinnacle of my life so far,” said Mr King, who suffers relapse remitting multiple sclerosis and often wears an eye patch to combat double vision. “I’ve had a fascination with Everest my whole life and because of my condition, trekking is not an option but riding a motorbike to the base of the world’s highest mountain definitely is and I can’t wait to do it, especially on the back of a Royal Enfield, which will be an added thrill,” he said.
“I’ve been twisting throttles all my life, right back to when my father and I did motorcycle trials across the UK. I’ve also been to Scotland’s Ben Nevis twice as part of the famous Scottish Six Day Trial – when I was 20 and 40 – and I’ve also ridden extensively across Europe’s alps, with my amazing and trusting wife, Fiona, riding pillion so this trip to Everest will be the icing on the cake for me.” Tony said his wife was hoping to join him on his Everest adventure.
“I’m so grateful to Extreme Bike Tours and hopeful people in Australia and the UK will help others like me by donating to MS funds linked to Extreme Bike Tours’ website.”
For bookings and to donate to MS Australia , visit www.extremebiketours.com or call + 91 966 5377 344.