Kwarteng speaks about riding at the Prudential RideLondon to raise funds for the AB 1 million campaign.
On the 4th of August, I completed 46 miles of cycling from Stratford velodrome, through the evergreen trees of Surrey to the cheering screams of visitors at Buckingham palace. It was a blood rushing, bum hurting, breath taking experience and I loved, every, single, bit of it.
Yes the steep inclines were a killer on my calves but having one goal in mind, it became bearable and later enjoyable. My one goal was to inspire and raise as much money as I can for The Amos Bursary. Why? Because this charity has given me so much throughout different stages of my life. From professional and personal mentors in medicine, I was able to achieve a place at Imperial College London, currently in completing my final year. From the motivational conversations with the other young black men in the organisation, I became more financially conscious and start saving and investing in my future. From the trips to Royal Albert Hall for the Opera, I had conversation starters. From learning how to dine like a diplomatic, I was able to dine in confidence with individuals from the upper echelons of society.
I will forever be indebted to The Amos Bursary, because it is an organisation that showed me that I can and that I will succeed regardless of my colour, gender, age or childhood differences. 46 miles is the least I could do when people such as Colleen work 24 hours to make things easier for me.