My name is Keaton Humphries, I live in Newcastle, NSW and I am 24 years old. When I was just 5 years old, it was discovered that I had inherited a rare degenerative eye condition known as Optic Atrophy, this means that my optic nerve is slowly dying. By the age of 16 I was legally blind, meaning that I had less than 10% of normal vision, unfortunately this meant that I was unable to get my learners permit like all of my friends. However, not being able to drive has not greatly inhibited my mobility, I rely on my pushbike as my main form of transportation, which is a great way to get fit and stay fit. I was actually obese in my early 20′s and was able to lose 30kg! I love cycling and have even entered into a few cycling events in Lake Macquarie, Sydney and now even overseas!
Albinism is a genetic condition which greatly inhibits a person’s ability to produce melanin, this causes them to lack pigmentation in their skin, hair and eyes. Exposure to the sun is a great risk for people with Albinism and most Albinos also have vision problems that are associated with the condition. In Tanzania there are more than 170,000 people with Albinism, this is far higher than the world wide average. In Tanzania, people with Albinism are being mutilated and murdered for their body parts, it is believed that their body parts have magical powers and witch doctors are using them to make potions to bring wealth and good fortune. This project will provide shaded playgrounds for children with Albinism to protect them from the harsh African sun and, more importantly, it will build a protective wall around the Albino school to keep the children safe from hunters. As someone with a vision problem myself, this cause is very important to me.
A team of 8 riders from Australia set out in July 2013 to ride from London to Paris. Each rider must raise a minimum or $6000 which will go towards the project for Albinos in Tanzania. The ride took place from July 16, 2013 – July 19, 2013. The ride was approximately 360km over 4 days.
Day 1: London – Newhaven (98km)
Day 2: Newhaven – Rouen (78km)
Day 3: Rouen – Vernon (88km)
Day 4: Vernon – Paris (96km)