John Reed's bike ride around Australia

by John Reed in Slough, England, United Kingdom

John Reed's bike ride around Australia

Total raised £1,368

raised so far

+ est. £106.25 Gift Aid



I'm cycling 12000 miles around Australia to raise money for British Airways’ Flying Start charity.

Project by Comic Relief

BA Better World Community Fund donated match funding
British Airways Executive Club donated match funding
BA Better World Community Fund, British Airways Executive Club are providing live match funding

BA Better World Community Fund donated to this cause

The BA Better World Community Fund is supporting communities to create a better world by funding projects that benefit any of the following: education, thriving communities, employment, environment, diversity, inclusion & wellbeing.

British Airways Executive Club donated to this cause

British Airways Executive Club Members donating their Avios to causes supported by the BA Better World Community Fund

A bit of background about me:

Hi everyone,  

My name is John Reed. I am 69 years young. Some people may remember my previous exploits, such as when I cycled from Slough, via London, to Geneva, in aid of Crisis; then later, in June of 2014, when I cycled from John O'Groats in Scotland to Nice, in France, via Land's End, London, Paris and Geneva, in aid of A21. In 2019, I attempted to ride round France for Flying Start. Unfortunately, and for various reasons, i.e., bicycle issues, theft, illness & the pandemic, that ride was cut short. 


The challenge:

Starting on Saturday 17th February 2024, I shall be raising funds for the cause of British Airways’ Flying Start charity by embarking on an epic, solo bicycle ride right around the entire continent of Australia. This event will be a journey of approximately 12,000 miles (19,000 kms) and will be taking me nearly 9 months to complete. 


The cause:

Since June 2010, British Airways’ Flying Start programme has worked in partnership with Comic Relief to help give disadvantaged young people in the communities to which they fly, the chance to have a brighter future. It is for all these incredible children that I am making this enormous effort to help ease their lives. 

Most importantly, the children for whom this ride is in aid of, will be truly blessed, (& I would be extremely honoured), if you were to help me in my endeavour by making a donation to Flying Start on my behalf. 

Thank you so much,




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