Sheffield film-maker’s cycling feat

Joseph O'Connor
Joseph O'Connor

A Sheffield College creative media student is set to pay a key role in a long-distance cycling expedition through South East Asia to highlight the plight of some of the world’s poorest people.

Joseph O’Connor, aged 20, will produce a documetary for Action4Asia during the 9,000-mile trip from Singapore to Mumbai in India, through Malaysia, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh and Nepal.

The journey is believed to be the first of its kind and a five-strong team of adventurers – mostly graduates from Sheffield University – will tackle challenging terrain.

It includes areas of arid desert and scrubland, steamy jungle and high mountain passes in conditions ranging from hot and humid, intense cold, snow and monsoon rains.

Joseph, who is studying for a film production degree at Norton College, will edit the footage captured on the trip and also act as support cyclist to expedition leader Dave Cook.

The main aim is to record life in the countries and the work being carried out to improve the lives of locals.

Funds will be raised for UNICEF and the Rotary Club of Wirksworth’s Aquabox project which provides clean water for communities affected by man-made or natural disasters.

Joseph, a keen rock climber who hopes to pursue a career in film-making eventually, said: “It’s going to be a great challenge for all those involved.

“However, I’m sure our team leader has the determination and enthusiasm to pull us all through.

“I’ve been interested in film all my life and used to borrow a video camera from my parents to shoot movies with my friends.”

The challenge is funded by team members and Rotary International.

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