An international film-maker and explorer is backing a team of young adventure-seekers from Sheffield.
Barrie Campbell, whose work has taken him to some of the world’s wildest places, sent a message of support to the Sheffield University graduates.
The squad are completing a 9,000-mile charity cycle ride from Singapore to the Indian city of Mumbai through much of South-East Asia, Bangladesh and Nepal.
They will tackle incredibly challenging terrain in the six-month trip – which is believed to be the first of its kind – including desert, jungle and mountains.
In his message to the students, Barrie, of Derbyshire, said: “It’s most heartening to hear of young people who are prepared to undertake what will certainly be a most arduous expedition for the benefit of others.
“Over the last 10 years, I’ve spent many months in India and South-East Asia working on various film projects and considering your mode of transport and the terrain you will encounter, I know that you will certainly be challenged.
“You deserve all the support you can get.”
The Action4Asia expedition aims to document life in the countries the team will visit and also highlight the work being undertaken by international aid agencies to improve the lot of local people.
Money raised will also boost UNICEF and the Rotary Club of Wirksworth’s aquabox project, which provides clean water for communities affected by man-made or natural disasters.
Expedition leader Dave Cook, from Baslow, said: “It’s most kind of Barrie to take such an interest in our project.
“His support and encouragement are highly valued by all of us.”
The team will set off on their journey on Friday.
n Visit www.actionforasia.org to sponsor the cyclists or to follow their journey.