My name is Kevin Smiley and I am 45 years old. In February 2010 I'm doing a 10-day sponsored bike ride through Argentina and Chile to raise money for Mencap. I want to do the bike ride to raise money for people with a learning disability and also to keep fit. I love riding my bike – I've already done an 8-day sponsored bike ride along the Nile in Egypt. With my supporter I went to the Red Sea and saw all the mountains. The weather was very hot – I didn't mind though. The hardest part was trying to get up the steep hills – I was knackered by the end of the trip, but it was good and I met some nice people. On the last night another cyclist took off his clothes and did the Full Monty on the table!
I'm really excited about the Argentina and Chile bike ride. I've never been to South America, so I'm really looking forward to seeing new countries. I think the most difficult part of it will be the hills again, but I'll train for it by going out on my bike all the time. My supporter Anthony and I are going to start meeting up for training regularly. He's looking forward to the trip, but he's a bit jealous of me at the moment because he doesn't have a bike yet!
I want to raise as much money as possible for Mencap, and I'm going to try lots of different thing to raise funds. Anthony and I have been going round different local companies and sports shops to try and get sponsorship. We've also done a flyer to try and get people to sponsor me. I work at Sainsbury's and I'm trying to get them on board to help too.
I live on my own in Edmonton. When I'm not working I like to go for a bike rides. I occasionally take my bike on the train to see my sister in Plymouth, and then we go out cycling. I also like drawing – I use felt tips and draw landscapes, and I've been into London for the day to draw Tower Bridge. I like listening to music – my favourite band is Abba, and I also like watching The Bill.
I've worked for Sainsbury's for over 15 years. I work part time, two days a week, picking up baskets and putting them outside the shop. I like my job because I like helping people, but I don't like rude customers. It was hard to get a job – before I worked my mum phoned all the supermarkets to see if I could get a job. I then had an interview, which I found difficult. I think there should be more opportunities for people with a learning disability; it's not that easy, getting a job or a new house. There should be more choice.
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