Peak District cyclist awarded scholarship

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A long–distance charity cyclist has become one of the first people in the country to be honoured with a prestigious Rotary International Global Scholarship.

The scholarship will enable David Cook, of Baslow, to spend two years studying for an MSc in environmental and geographical sciences at the University of Cape Town, which enjoys a worldwide reputation for excellence.

He said: “I was amazed when I heard the news. The scholarship will provide me with an opportunity to help with a wide array of sustainable farming and environmental issues in South Africa and, in the longer term, to contribute towards the outstanding work already being undertaken by Rotary to resolve some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian issues.”

A University of Sheffield biology graduate, Dave recently returned to his home in Eaton Hill, Baslow, after leading an eight–month charity cycle ride through eight countries in South East Asia. One object of the expedition was to raise awareness of Wirksworth Rotary Club’s life–saving Aquabox project. Members of the Rotary Club of Bakewell initially nominated Dave for the new–style scholarship and this was backed by Rotary’s District 1220, which covers Derbyshire.

The 23-year-old said: “I’m extremely grateful to Bakewell club Past President Richard Carter and Peter Moralee, the Immediate Past District Governor, for their support.”