You never can tell
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Jon setting off on a practice run

We’ve learnt following the time when Jon’s cancer was first diagnosed, and since we started this Facing Up 2 Kidney Cancer event, not to be surprised by people’s reactions either to the awful news or to Jon’s awareness and fundraising campaign. 

It’s par for the course, and we all have to accept these things as part of life’s journey but it’s fair to say we’ve felt upset and let down at times by the reactions of some people and totally humbled and overjoyed by the actions of others. It maybe a well used cliche but it’s true there is always more good in the world, and we must build on this as we get closer to the start date of Jon’s amazing ride. We’ve reached 100 donations this week on the Just Giving page, we have a long way to go but it’s a really great start without a wheel being turned. 

Jon bought parts for his Yamaha FJ1200 bike from cmsnl.com in Holland, and he asked them after a recent transaction if they could kindly promote his ride their Facebook page. Jon was overjoyed to receive a message back from them with a large pledge and they have now joined our list of generous sponsors.  

Arai helmets have generously pledged a new helmet for Jon, and it should arrive next week.

Able-labels have pledged polo shirts for Jon to wear on the ride, a large batch of labels to give out to donors, and two banners. 

Instantprint have sent another batch of leaflets and will be printing some A3 and A4 posters in time for the Blackpool start. 

Sarah’s been offered a base in the NW of Scotland while Jon with Vaughn Armstrong complete the most northern part of the Scottish stage, and the band of bikers who’d like to join in for a day – here and there – is growing. 

This is encouraging as we are hoping for a pied piper effect so that the ride builds and builds over the four months, increasing the awareness and the funds needed for this important research to aid with earlier diagnosis and better treatments of kidney cancer, or to give this brutal disease its technical term Renal Cell Carcinoma. 

The Agricultural Press are doing Jon proud with lot’s of publicity see the latest piece in today’s Scottish Farmer. Please donate, donate for auction, take on a challenge or hold an event or if that’s all to much then please just take a few seconds and send a quick text JBKC55 £3 or £5 to 70070 

Thank you very much.