A British soldier from Ghana is organising a sponsored ‘spin’ in Salisbury to raise money for an IT suite and library to be built in his penniless home village.
Nyame Ayeh Assuon, known as Sony, is encouraging volunteers to take part and help ‘cycle’ the 3,200 miles from the cathedral city to Ghana.
Supported by cyber-security firm C3IA Solutions and embroidered clothing specialists Image and Identity, Sony has been attempting to raise £35,000 to complete the project.
‘Spinning’ is a modern fitness fad involving groups of people pedalling in time on static cycles. Sony is being assisted by spin instructor Alex Taylor from Studio X in the city.
‘Wiltshire Spin’ takes place on Saturday July 7 outside the Guildhall in Salisbury and Sony hopes to find 50 people to join in. It starts at 8am and runs through the day.
Sony, a Lance Corporal in the Royal Corps of Signals, aged 37, said: “I am so lucky to have joined the British army and become an IT professional.
“I wanted to give that opportunity to the people from my home in Ghana and in 2014 I founded the Assuon Foundation Trust, a registered charity.
“Everyone has been very generous and I hope to attract lots of people to join in the spinning event and to find sponsorship. Lots of local businesses and organisations are supporting the event.
“There is a lot of talent in Ghana, but the children don’t have access to computers or any IT equipment.
“We have bought a site for the IT suite which is on the same spot where I went to school and had lessons underneath a tree.”
Matt Horan, security director of C3IA Solutions which is based in Poole, Dorset, is a former Royal Signaller himself and said: “This is a fantastic project.
“There is a lot on untapped IT talent in Africa and I’d encourage everyone to get behind the fundraising event.
“Sony is very driven and will ensure every penny raised is wisely spent to bring this facility to his home village.”
To get involved please contact Sony through his website: www.assuonfoundationtrust.org.uk/contact/
For more information contact:
Ed Baker at Deep South Media on 01202 534487 or 07788392965