VA Palo Alto Health Care System
UK Teen Rides Bike 24K Miles to Raise Money for Families of Wounded Military
June 7, 2013
Eighteen-year-old Oliver Plunket of the United Kingdom is on a 24,000 mile motorcycle ride from Argentina to Alaska to raise at least $150,000 for wounded military and Veterans. He will visit with the families of wounded service members staying at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System’s Fisher House Monday, June 10, from 10 to 11 a.m.
“Ollie’s Odyssey” is a 14-nation, seven-month trip (organized by Ollie), who was born in California, to support the soon-to-be-dedicated Fisher House UK in Birmingham, UK. The two-story, 18-bedroom Fisher House UK is the first of its kind, built in collaboration between the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity and the American Fisher House Foundation, which has constructed 60 houses across the United States and in Germany, at military hospitals and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers. Like its American counterparts, the Fisher House UK will provide a home away from home for the families of injured troops receiving medical care at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
On his way up the West Coast of the United States, Ollie is stopping off at American Fisher Houses and visiting with injured military members and their families. His schedule will take him to five cities, each with a Fisher House located at a military hospital or Veterans Affairs Medical Center:
- Monday, Jun 3 – San Diego, CA
- Thursday, June 6 – Los Angeles, CA
- Monday, June 10 – Palo Alto, CA
- Friday, June 14 – Seattle, WA
- TBD – Anchorage, AK
Ollie’s inspiration for the trip comes from his deep respect for several family members who have recently served in the British Army and his own plan to become a soldier. Having passed selection to become a Potential Officer of the British Army, Ollie chose to take a “gap year” – 12 months off before going on to university – to travel the world, and says that supporting the Fisher House UK at the same time only seemed to make sense.
Ollie has never done any kind of charity or fundraising work before. Ollie’s journey is spanning 14 countries: Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, the United States and Canada.