A young lad is taking on a challenge to cycle round every football ground on the island in under 48 hours.
As part of a school challenge, Oscar Christian will cycle to the home ground of teams playing in the senior leagues of Manx football, raising money for charity along the way.
His dad Stuart, told Gef, Oscar was inspired by a combination of watching the cycling GK (Watford’s Ben Foster) and a YouTube video where Theo Baker cycled to every club ground in London.
Stuart added: ‘Oscar plays for Corinthians u12 and is a big Man United fan so he was keen to involve football in his challenge. It’s part of a challenge set by his school to do something charitable.
Oscar’s chosen charity is Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation. Stuart explained: ‘Oscar was keen to choose this charity as he knows that Craig was a friend of mine and Paul Healey is also a good friend of all of ours.’
The charity, set up in memory of Craig Lunt, a talented Manx footballer who tragically died in April 2005 aged just 25 due to a previously undiagnosed heart defect. Since then the charity has gone on to provide free screenings to thousands of young people on the island and it’s scheme to place defibrillator machines within schools, sports clubs and offices across the island, have been used to save lives on the island, including one incident last year at a golf course.
Paul Healey from Craig’s Heartstrong Foundation told Gef: ‘What Oscar is doing at the age of 12 is an unbelievable challenge, I know Oscar very well and I know what a determined young man he is. In doing this challenge he has thought about Craig’s Charity and decided he wants to make a difference. His family should be very proud, thank you Oscar’
You can donate to Oscar’s fundraising efforts via his Just Giving page here.