Billy’s Big Cycle raises funds for Central America

August 16, 2012

Billy’s Big Cycle raises funds for Central America

Trócaire supporter Billy Lavelle is pedalling against poverty by cycling an incredible journey from Alaska to Argentina to raise funds for communities in Central America.

Billy Lavelle cycling through Central America to raise funds for Trócaire

Starting at Prudhoe Bay, the most northern point accessible by road in Alaska, Billy will cycle all the way to Ushuia in Argentina, the southern most city in the world. The journey will take him 27,000 kilometres and will take him through 15 countries: USA, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina.

Billy Lavelle fundraising for Trócaire

Billy's fundraising efforts will primarily focus on improving the livelihoods of the rural poor in Nicaragua by improving their food security.

Billy Lavelle


Local photographers Terry and Cynthia Julien of Northern Exposure Photography bumped into Billy in Alaska and took these stunning shots of the Irishman cycling on the Alaska Haul Road.  “We wanted to give him a ice cold drink because we could see that he was really working up a sweat,” said Terry. “He had a very determined look on his face."

Billy Lavelle fundraises for Trócaire

 "The shot of him with the already travelled road behind him speaks volumes. It was an honour to be able to shoot a very small segment of his journey through our great state of Alaska and a great honour to meet Mr. Billy Lavelle.” 

Billy Lavelle in Central America

 

Billy Lavelle fundraises for Trócare

 

You can support Billy’s fundraising efforts by donating to his fundraising page here and you can follow Billy’s adventure on Facebook.

All photos by Terry and Cynthia Julien of Northern Exposure Photography.