Having no fixed address for four months while they cycle across Europe inspired Neale and Vikki Glanfield to raise money for homeless youth.
Having no fixed address for four months while they cycle across Europe inspired Neale and Vikki Glanfield to raise money for homeless youth. Contributed

European trek to help homeless youth in Hervey Bay

HERVEY Bay couple Vikki and Neale Glanfield have just started the journey of a lifetime and are using it to raise funds for some of the most vulnerable in our community.

Neale and Vikki have set off on an epic four-month cycling trek to ride about 6000km across Europe starting in Istanbul and finishing in Paris.

They will carry everything they need with them and camp in a tent for much of the journey, which prompted their interest in raising money for homeless youth as they travelled.

"Having no fixed address for four months and sleeping in a rather cosy tent for the majority of the time got us to thinking that while we're enjoying ourselves living like this, back home there are others for whom a tent would be a bit of luxury," Mr Glanfield said.

"So we've decided to team up with Youthcare  to see if we can make a difference for homeless youths.

"We'll be trying to raise funds to help those in the community to get that foot up they need to get their lives back on track."

The couple has set a fundraising target of $6000 for Youthcare, a youth homeless shelter in Urangan run by Regional Housing Ltd.

Contributions to help Fraser Coast youth who have no home can be made directly through the supporter site set up for Neale and Vikki: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/neale-2 .

All funds raised through this event will go towards the Youthcare accommodation program.

The Glanfields have also set up an online travel blog which they intend to update wherever possible with photos and stories from their journey at: https://grumpydonkeyblog.wordpress.com/.

"On the trip we will cycle our way from Istanbul to Paris and clocking up about 6000 scenic kilometres along the way," he said.

"We'll attend the 100th anniversary of Anzac Day at Gallipoli, celebrate 25 years of marriage and to cap it off, Vikki's 50th birthday.

"The route will take in Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, Andorra, Germany and Luxembourg.

"To add to the challenge we'll take on some of the classic mountain stages of the Tour de France and the Giro with climbs of the Stelvio, Col du Gailibier, Alpe du'Heuz and Mont Ventoux."