A Swindon teenager representing the Wiltshire Scouts is working to raise £4,000 after being selected to attend the World Scout Jamboree 2023.
Zak Meagor, 13, from Swindon has been selected to represent Wiltshire Scouts at the World Scout Jamboree 2023 in South Korea.
He first had to complete and submit an Expression of Interest exercise, consisting of around 1000 words. After being successful in the first part of the process he was invited to attend a selection weekend in Potterne Wick. At the end of the weekend - which was attended by over 100 Scouts from Wiltshire - Zak made the team of around 35 Scouts to travel to South Korea as part of the British contingent.
As part of the process each Scout must fund raise approximately £4000 and Zak made the decision to attempt to cycle the distance from Swindon to Seoul, South Korea, a distance of around 5550miles. He will be completing this challenge on a turbo trainer in the garage of his family home.
Zak started the challenge on 1 January, and says he is aiming to cycle a minimum of 70 miles a week until the challenge is completed.
After his travel and accomodation costs are covered for the trip, the remaining part of the £4000 raised will go towards helping a fellow Scout from a developing country who may not be in a position to afford to experience anything similar to this prestigious event. Zak said if he raises more than the £4000 he wishes to donate the remaining amount to a local charity in need.
Zak's father Lee, Crew Manager at Stratton Fire & Rescue Centre, said: "What makes this so amazing is Zak is 13 years old and never cycled much further than Abbey Farm to the Great Western Academy School and back. This is an unbelievable challenge - he will start the challenge aged 13 and will complete it aged 15."
Zak is asking for support from members of the public to help him raise the funds needed. He has a GoFundMe page that can be found at https://gofund.me/f376db60 and he is also trying to raise donations through Facebook.