Students take on 900-mile hitchhike challenge to raise money for African children

Two University of Bath students are preparing to hitchhike across Europe to raise money for charity.

Peter Markowski and Mark Bond, both 19-year-old first year students, are hoping to raise at least £700 for children in Africa by travelling the 900 miles from Bristol to Prague without buying a single ticket.

They are raising money for Link Community Development, which has been running a sponsored Easter hitchhike for 17 years with the option of travelling to Prague or Morocco.

The money is then used to improve schools in Africa and the quality of education they deliver, so children and their communities have better opportunities.

Peter and Mark will be relying on the generosity of people in France, Belgium, Germany and Austria to help them reach their destination.

Mark, who is studying psychology said: "My sister did the trip to Morocco with her boyfriend and I thought it would be good to try the journey to Prague. We both fancied some adventure and also making some money for charity."

Peter and Mark leave on 30 March and expect their journey to take them 10 days.

Maths student Peter said: "I am really excited about heading off. We will have our mobiles with us and will be checking in everyday. We haven’t done much hitchhiking before but there are lots of useful websites that give you tips on where the best places are to go to get a lift."

The charity asks that each hitchhiker raises at least £350 to take part and the pair still have some way to go to hit their target.

Mark said: "We are getting the proceeds from a friend’s play and have some prizes from local businesses to hold a raffle. We will also be getting our friends to sponsor us."

Peter and Mark are taking a tent with them so they will have somewhere to sleep if they can’t get into a hostel.

Peter added: "We are hoping that people will take pity on us and help us out with some food."

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