“My name is Ed Pratt, I am going to unicycle around the world and want to raise money for charity – why should I chose you?”
This was the introduction that lead to Ed becoming not only the first man to have circumnavigated the globe on one wheel but also our biggest ever fundraiser. Ed was just 19 years old when he set off from School in a Bag HQ on March 14, 2015 and he returned 3 years and 135 days later on July 27th 2018.
Ed originally set a fundraising target of £5,000 which he passed whilst riding through Europe. He upped this to £18,000, the amount of miles he would ride.
Whilst riding across the USA, he received a donation for $100,000 from Brad Armstrong and an invitation to visit the donor. During his stay, a Skype call was arranged so that we could say thank you. Brad asked what our goals were and at the time we needed to fund 12,813 SchoolBags to reach our 100,000 SchoolBag milestone. Right there and then, Brad agreed to up his donation to $370,000 to help us reach the target.
In all, the World Unicycle Tour raised enough to fund 15,000 SchoolBags.
Thank you so much Ed!