Testing Triathlon for Give a Gift
Fundraiser to run, swim and cycle for charity
For most people, the idea of completing a 20km cycle may seem exhausting enough yet for 38-year-old Leeds resident Parvez Hussain, it is just the middle test of his gruelling triathlon challenge.
On Saturday 25th July, the ‘in-training triathlete’ will take on the London triathlon in hope of raising £3,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice.
Running, cycling and swimming his way to the finish line, he will cover 1500m with a freshwater swim before completing a further 35km on land – with 20km on bike and 15km on foot.
A Give a Gift volunteer, the father-of-three says he has always been committed to helping local causes and when he was challenged to push himself even further this year, he found ‘three challenges in one’.
“Over the last five to six years, I have raised thousands of pounds for charity through completing marathons and other challenges,” he said.
“This year I wanted to do something special for children and through connections with Give a Gift I was put in touch with Martin House. Their name alone is enough for people to get behind.”
He continued: “My aim this year is to raise £3,000 – the most I will ever have achieved in a year, and I think it is very achievable with the help of the public.
“I have already had great support from sponsors, including British Gas and Leeds Muslim Council, and am extremely grateful for anything people can donate.”
Parvez had initially hoped to complete the triathlon at an earlier date yet after his initial ‘pencilled-in’ event was cancelled he had to opt for a challenge after Ramadan.
Describing himself as ‘ready’ now, he accepts the toll of fasting for a month could affect his training but is determined to conquer the challenge.
“Obviously Ramadan will affect how often I can train for the event but I am sure I will be ready come the end of July,” he added.
“This is certainly not the last you will hear from me as I continue to raise funds for these amazing causes. One day I even hope to climb Mt Everest with my kids.”
Gipton and Harehills councillor, Arif Hussain, says the local resident should be ‘extremely proud’ of his efforts.
“In this ward there are so many people looking to help charities and Parvez is a great example,” he said.
“I am proud of all his work for charity and would urge people of all backgrounds to get behind him and support Martin House.”
If you would like to make a donation, please visit: www.justgiving.com/Parvez-hussain2