Wave 105’s morning presenter Mark Collins, newsreader Michael Coombes, and a team of intrepid explorers, have helped to raise more than £98,000 by cycling through the National Parks of Madagascar for Wave 105’s charity, Cash for Kids.

The team of 27, which consisted of Wave 105 team members, radio listeners and Cash for Kids charity supporters, cycled 450km in total, across five days. The ride took place over the north east of the African island, through a range of terrains and varied landscapes, including tropical fruit plantations, paddy fields and coastal paths.

Led by tour guide Miriam, on average the group cycled the equivalent distance from Poole to Portsmouth each day. On the toughest day, they cycled 104km.

Expedition leader and Wave 105 presenter, Mark Collins comments: “This was my fourth trip for Wave 105 Cash for Kids, and it was without a doubt the toughest challenge I’ve ever done. I had been training with my colleague Michael Coombes and preparing as much as possible in the gym, but the hills were more extreme than we anticipated, as was the climate. However, even though the ride was physically and mentally demanding, we were with a fantastic bunch of people and there was a real sense of comradery, so we all spurred each other on.

“The scenery was absolutely breath taking, as we passed through rain forests and banana plantations, ending up on the coast and overlooking the magnificent Indian Ocean. We also saw some amazing animals, plenty of native Lemurs, and geckos. On one day we stopped to play a football match with some locals – they beat us 1-0! – and we got to meet some children from a local school who sung their national anthem to us. Of course the best bit of all for me is the amazing amount of money raised for our charity, more than £98,000! We are totally overwhelmed by the support.”

Wave 105 Cash for Kids charity manager, Gloria Hill, adds: “To say we’re thrilled with the amount of money raised through this Madagascar trip is a bit of an understatement. We can’t thank everyone who supported us enough. All the money will go towards helping many disadvantaged, less fortunate children across our region.

“I know this group will be able to take away many memories to treasure for a lifetime.”

Wave 105 Cash for Kids supports local children, under the age of 18 who are financially, socially, emotionally or physically disadvantaged. Since its launch in November 2008, the charity has helped to raise over one million pounds.

For more information about Wave 105 Cash for Kids, upcoming events, or other ways to get involved with fundraising please visit: www.wave105.com/charity/