Ti Konki Fundraisers Nominated for Yorkshire Choice Awards

A pair of adventurous fundraisers from Huddersfield have been nominated for two prestigious awards after raising more than £10,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Andrew Roebuck and Paul Burluraux cycled 1,250 miles from London to Rome in support of the charity, which funds research and services across Yorkshire to help more people survive cancer.

From left, Jess Harris-Edwards, Events Officer at Yorkshire Cancer Research, is presented with a cheque for £10,000 by Ti Konki fundraisers Paul Burluraux, Stuart Wrigley, Andrew Roebuck and Jasmine Roebuck.

They were nominated for two Yorkshire Choice Awards by Andrew’s daughter Jasmine, who secretly put their names forward in a bid for their achievement to be recognised.

Supporters are now able to vote for the two friends in the ‘Local Fundraiser’ and ‘Sporting Achievement’ categories.

Andrew said: “We were incredibly shocked to find out we’d nominated for two awards. Being acknowledged alongside so many inspirational Yorkshire people and businesses means so much to us. We just hope it helps to raise the profile of Yorkshire Cancer Research and the important work it funds.”

From left, Ti Konki fundraisers Paul Burluraux, Stuart Wrigley, Andrew Roebuck and Jasmine Roebuck celebrate raising £10,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.

Andrew and Paul’s ride followed a route taken 65 years ago by Andrew’s father Alan and a group of friends in an old army vehicle they named Ti-Konki.

The inspiration behind the name ‘Ti-Konki’ came from the Kon-Tiki expedition in 1947, a journey by raft across the Pacific Ocean from South America to the Polynesian islands, led by Norwegian explorer and writer Thor Heyerdah.

Stuart Wrigley was the support driver for the trip, which took the pair 16 days to complete, while Jasmine provided social media support.

Andrew added: “The hardest part was definitely the months of training we endured in preparation for the ride. Although there were tough climbs and challenging weather along the way, we experienced some amazing views and stayed in some fantastic places.

“The highlight for me was finishing the ride each day and seeing the reaction to our updates on social media, then watching the donations flood in. We’ve been overwhelmed by the support from family, friends and local people. Arriving home to our local pub felt like a hero’s welcome. We’re now looking forward to organising something even bigger next year.”

In April this year, Andrew’s son Charlie, a former first-class cricketer who played for Yorkshire, dyed his hair pink for Yorkshire Cancer Research, raising nearly £1,000.

To vote for Andrew and Paul, visit www.yorkshirechoiceawards.co.uk/votehere.