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Harpenden man completes 400 km cycle ride for charity

20 March 2014

Maurizio taking a break from cycling

Maurizio Borgatti from Paddock Wood has completed a gruelling 400 km cycle ride through Vietnam and Cambodia to raise funds for global deafblind charity Sense International.

Maurizio said:

“The 400km challenge was more physically demanding than I had expected but luckily I had quite a few hours of gym work and spin classes under my belt. The hot weather, humidity and difficult terrains meant I experienced some genuinely challenging cycling.

“It was a unique experience to cycle off the beaten track and meet some very welcoming people and I got to see how they live in the rural areas of Vietnam and Cambodia.

“As I was cycling for Sense International it was particularly poignant to see the level of poverty and hardship endured by some children in the poorer areas, but overall it was uplifting to know every mile I cycled, and every pound I had raised in sponsorship was helping Sense International continue its great work.”

Maurizio has already raised £2,240 for Sense International but will continue fundraising until the end of April. To sponsor Maurizio go to:


Notes to Editors:

For media enquiries contact the Sense International press office on 0207 014 9381.

Sense International works in Bangladesh, India, Kenya, Peru, Romania, Tanzania and Uganda. In many places, deafblindness is not understood, services are non-existent and deafblind people and their families struggle on in difficult circumstances.

Since 1994 we have established vision and hearing screening programmes for young children, trained health and education professionals and persuaded governments to build infrastructures of support for deafblind people and their families. We invest in local professionals and organizations in order to ensure that we have a lasting and sustainable impact. Sense International is the sister organization of Sense.

Deafblindness is a combination of both sight and hearing difficulties. Some of these people are completely deaf and blind, but others have some remaining use of one or both senses. 

Causes of deafblindness include premature birth and exposure to rubella during pregnancy, which can cause babies to be born deafblind. Some genetic conditions such as Usher syndrome can also result in deafblindness. People can also become deafblind at any time through illness (such as cerebral malaria), accident or in older age.

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019