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Students ‘have no regrets’ after cycling from Cairo to Cape Town

Alex McMaster and Merlin Hetherington met at St Andrews University in Scotland four years ago and cycled through 10 African countries.

Alex McMaster and Merlin Hetherington. Picture: Arclight Tandem Africa Facebook page.

CAPE TOWN - Two students have told Eyewitness News they have no regrets after cycling from Cairo to Cape Town following seven gruelling months.

Alex McMaster and Merlin Hetherington met at St Andrews University in Scotland four years ago and cycled through 10 African countries.

They used the opportunity to raise awareness and money towards preventable blindness and deafness.

Despite hunger, thirst, the scorching heat in Sudan and Egypt, and surviving the Sudanese uprising in December, they said it was worth cycling seven hours per day in order to see Table Mountain.

Hetherington said: "The experience along the way has been unforgettable and the people we've met have changed how we think about the world. It has been one of the most valuable experiences we've done."

Find out how you can support Merlin and Alex on their 8-month 10,000km journey from Cairo to Cape Town to introduce...

Posted by University of St Andrews on Thursday, 4 October 2018

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