THEY don’t usually travel more than a couple of miles on their rounds delivering to hungry Sheffield residents.
But three pizza boys are saddling up on their scooters for a much longer ride - 21,000 kilometres from Eastern Europe across the Sahara desert and back - in a bid to raise £10,000 for charity Practical Action, which provides energy supplies to people in third world countries.
Liam Lee, aged 25, Scott Hannah, 32 and Henry Nottage, 29, who all work for Pizza Hut in Crookes, will brave stifling heat, potential breakdowns and even the risk of Al Qaeda terrorists on the Budapest to Bamako Rally, in January.
The ‘Half Baked Pizza’ team have been helped by sponsors including rival chain Dominos, which has given old mopeds for the trip that are more powerful than the ones they drive for Pizza Hut.
Henry said: “From Budapest we have a long, long day of over 1,000km to get to Genova. From Genova a three day ‘super rally’ takes us to Morocco. From then on, it’s sand dunes, salt lakes, jungle and savannah. We will be passing through some amazing scenery - then we’ll turn around and ride home!”
The team are being helped by a support team using an elderly Vauxhall Frontera car bought for £325, manned by Scott’s brother James, a South Yorkshire Ambulance Service mechanic and friend Lenore Thompson, from Canada.
n Sponsor the boys at www.bamakoorbust.org.uk. A fundraising night is being held at The Harley, Glossop Road, from 7pm on April 8, where people can see the scooters and enjoy live music.