Gethin Jones shows support for Get On campaign
The host of ITV’s Holding out for a Hero today is promoting the virtues of motorbiking and the Get On campaign.
Jones was one of five celebrities who earlier this year took up the challenge issued by the Get On campaign to learn to ride a motorbike and spend a week in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho working with Riders for Health to deliver antiretroviral drugs.
With Lesotho having the worst rate of HIV infection in the world as well as being the highest country on the planet, motorbikes play a vital role in being able to get lifesaving medicines and tests to people who live in remote villages where other forms of transport are unable to reach.
Having completed both on and off-road training, Jones joined former England cricket hero Darren Gough, Strictly Come Dancing winner and EastEnders actress Jill Halfpenny and Coronation Street stars Shobna Gulati and Oliver Mellor on the expedition, which fuelled his passion to continue riding when back in the UK.
Having already gained his HGV and flying licences, Jones completed his set when passing his theory test and Direct Access this summer with the Get On campaign which means he is now fully qualified to ride all types of motorbikes and scooters and enjoy the great time and cost saving benefits of life on two wheels.
Former Blue Peter presenter Gethin is now the proud owner of a Moto Guzzi Griso SE which he uses to get about London. He says of his experience, “I’ve always loved the thought of riding a motorbike but never really had the opportunity to until I came across the Get On campaign which made me realise how simple it is to learn.
“Riding in Lesotho was an incredible experience and one I shall always treasure but the great thing about biking is that it always gives you a sense of excitement and a buzz no matter where you are or what type of journey you have. Getting on the bike even makes a commute to work or the shops fun.”
The Get On campaign is the Motor Cycle Industry’s official campaign to get more people onto motorbikes and scooters. The Get On campaign allows anyone over 16 to have a free one hour taster session on a motorbike or scooter via www.geton.co.uk.