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With members of Iron Maiden busy working on their new album (to be released later this year) their manager, Rob Smallwood has been busy training for a charity fundraising bike ride in Egypt to benefit ChildLine and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.

“As many of you know l regularly undertake bike rides to raise funds for Charity,” writes Rod on the Iron Maiden website, “The last one was Peru in Nov 2007 and prior to that I did rides in Kenya, Egypt, Russia, China and Vietnam/Cambodia. The 08-09 touring with Maiden restricted me the last couple of years so this time I have gone a step further organizing one myself on behalf of ChildLine and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.”

Rod’s ride will include forty of his friends, largely from the music, sport and entertainment industries, where they’ll peddle over 100 miles along the Nile between Aswan and Luxor in just 48 hours. Between them all, they hope to raise over £150,000 profit for the charities. 

"This is a twist on us ‘getting off our backsides’ and doing something to really help as we will be staying on them most of the time, propelling our mountain bikes forward to raise as much money as we can for these two very deserving children’s charities," commented Rod.

To assist their efforts, the band is auctioning three very special items of Iron Maiden memorabilia as part of the fundraising. The auction, on, is open only to the members of the Iron Maiden Fan Club and online members to ensure all three items go to loving homes.

The 15-day auction is live and ends on Tuesday, February 2. Items up for grabs? A signed Gibson Epiphone Les Paul custom guitar with hard case, signed by all members of the band; A signed color poster for the DVD release of “Flight 666”, signed by all members of the band; A personalized USA platinum disc engraved to Rod Smallwood for USA sales of over 100,000 for the Iron Maiden DVD “Flight 666” (one of — or possibly the — biggest-selling music DVDs in America last year). 
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