A DOORADOYLE MPCC Credit Union employee is preparing to trek around Ethiopia on a 400km cycling tour later this month.
Dave Noble will join a team of 10 to tour the “historic” African nation in the premier event entitled Tour De Ethiopia 2013.
Mr Noble and his team of cyclists will tour the country in aid of Self Help Africa, an organisation that helps rural communities find solutions for battling poverty and hunger.
For more than 25 years Self Help Africa has been working with rural communities in Burkina Faso, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Togo, Uganda and Zambia.
The cyclist will get to meet rural communities and see the development projects that Self Help Africa has implemented in the region.
Mr Noble said it will be interesting to see Self Help Africa’s contribution to Ethiopia, as the Irish League of Credit Unions annually provides funds to the organisation.
“I am especially looking forward to meeting these Ethiopians to get a better understanding of their daily lives. One of the visits will be to a Savings and Credit Co-Operative in Butajira. We will also be visiting the towns of Hawassa, Dodola, Bekoji & Assela,” he said.
After the cyclist finishes the 400km, where he will be cycling at an altitude of 10,000 feet, he will take part in the Great Ethiopian Run, in Addis Ababa on November 24. It is said to be the largest run in Africa, attracting more than 30,000 athletes to the city each year.
He said it is a challenge he is “really looking forward to”, and added that he is “daunted at what lies ahead”.
“Some people have already said to me that I must be mad. They are probably right,” he said.
There are six people from Limerick taking part in the trip. The other Limerick men are Jim Jackman, Declan Cunningham, Mike McNamara, Ciaran Cierans and Shay Downey.
They have set up a Facebook page for people to track the team’s progress.