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Mother stepping up new cycle of charity.

Byline: REBECCA TORR

A BAHRAIN-based mother-of-two hopes to raise more than BD3,000 for charity when she takes part in a cycling challenge next March.

Briton Vicky Honar, 53, is one of 100 women who will participate in a 370km cycle ride in Cuba, from March 13 to 22.

The aim of the ride is to raise money for UK-based Women for Women charity, which works to improve the health of women and babies.

To take part, Mrs Honar must raise a minimum of u3,000 ( BD2,250).

She is also planning to raise a further BD1,000 for Think Pink Bahrain, which is non-profit initiative in support of breast cancer awareness.

"The cycle starts on my birthday on March 13, so it was a major sign to go," she told the GDN.

"The important thing is that they do a lot of research into women's reproductive health and premature births.

"Although the research is done in Bahrain it is shared and benefits everyone."

Mrs Honar previously raised u3,500 (BD2,625) for Women for Women when she took part in a 10-day 390km cycle ride in Delhi, India, in November 2006. She was one of 100 women, including UK television presenter Fern Britton, who took part.

The charity is close to Mrs Honar's heart because she was a midwife at Al Corniche Hospital, Abu Dhabi, for 18 years and is a certified lactation consultant.

She chose to raise money for Think Pink Bahrain because she wanted to support a local women's charity and as her sister-in-law had died of breast cancer.

Mrs Honar has already started training for the challenge in between finishing off a teacher-training course.

"Last time I rode over 3,000km in training. It's too hot to start at the moment but I have been doing spinning classes and will go on the road in October."

"I was really fit by the end of it last time, so I'm looking forward to doing it again, she said.

"Some people are nervous about cycling here, but I've never had any problems, or felt threatened or in danger. But I cover my knees and arms and wear a helmet. It is a must."

Mrs Honar came to Bahrain seven years ago to be with her husband Mehdi, who is director of the country office of Tebodin, Middle East.

Her children Persia, 11, and Sohrab, 15, are students at St Christopher's Junior and Senior Schools.

"My husband was shocked that I was going to do it again, but the whole family is very supportive," said Mrs Honar, who lives in Saar.

"My daughter is planning to do a bake sale to raise money and my son is thinking of some fundraising ideas. I will hold several fund raising events after the summer," Ms Honar said.

Women for Women, chaired by Professor Robert Winston, raises funds, awareness and provides training for research into the causes and treatment of conditions that affect women and their babies, including cancer, genetic diseases, stillbirth, infertility and brain injury.

The charity operates under the Action for Charity umbrella.

For more information about Women for Women, visit: www.women-for-women.org.

Those wishing to support Mrs Honar raise money for charity can make their donations via: www.justgiving.com/vickyhonar or by contacting her on 17791612, or 39434273.

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