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A policeman from Płock cycled from Brussels to Warsaw. It promotes blood donation

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He left Brussels on Saturday and arrived in Poland on Wednesday. A police officer from Płock, junior midshipman Sebastian Nowacki, cycled a total of 1.4 thousand kilometers. In this way, it promotes the blood donation campaign.

– I feel very tired because it’s been so many hours without sleep, but at the same time I’m happy that everything worked out. It was nice to see, at the beginning when I started the rally and at the end when I reached the finish, the people who were cheering for me followed my run. It is very important to me, uplifting – said Nowacki after the end of the run.

– A married couple from Warsaw, who said goodbye to me at the start in Brussels and came to greet me at the end of the route, was unusual. Along the way, many people spoke to me, not just friends who supported me all the time. It is a great experience for me,” he added.

The purpose of the rally, whose slogan: “IPA Blood Race for Life” referred to the International Police Association – the International Police Association, to which he himself belongs, was to promote blood donation. – Already during the journey I received a lot of messages: this is how we will donate blood. I am glad that my appeal was met with such a response.

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Police officer Sebastian Nowacki cycled from Brussels to Warsaw (photo from 2021)police.pl

The biggest challenge is weather conditions

Nowacki pointed out that the biggest challenge when riding a road bike 1.4 thousand kilometers km from Brussels to Warsaw was able to meet the weather conditions. – In the beginning it was unbearably hot. At one point, the temperature reached over 40 degrees C. One day I drank 26 liters of water. It got colder towards the end. This, of course, had an impact on the pace of driving – he explained.

As Nowacki admitted after the end of the ride, he will report to work at the Municipal Police Headquarters in Płock on Thursday. – I used all my leave to prepare the rally and the ride itself, so from tomorrow on duty – he added. At the same time, he announced that he was already thinking about a new cycling challenge. – I have a few ideas. I will definitely want to realize at least one of them, probably already next year – he assured.

Michał Fortuna from the technical team, which during the 1.4 thousand. km of the rally, accompanied Nowacki, added: – A mega deal came out, it was an amazing adventure for us, great respect for Sebastian, who made it.

As he explained, Nowacki’s entire journey was documented. – We used all the equipment, including drones and 360 cameras. The biggest problem was the interruption of internet coverage. But the most important thing is that everything worked out, he stressed.

During the bicycle rally from Brussels to Warsaw on Monday, Nowacki stopped for a while in Berlin – there was a meeting with representatives of the city authorities and the German IPA. Then he went on his way to Poland, crossing the border in Kostrzyn nad Odrą. Other, shorter breaks along the route were only for meals, hydration or using the toilet.

Back on World Blood Donor Day

Even before the rally, Nowacki emphasized that the date he chose to reach Warsaw on Wednesday was not accidental, as World Blood Donor Day is celebrated on June 14 each year. His journey was supported by the State Medical Institute of the Ministry of Interior and Administration in Warsaw and the local Center for Blood Donation and Treatment of the Ministry of Interior and Administration, where blood can be donated. 10 Regional Blood Donation and Blood Treatment Centers joined the action: in Wrocław, Kraków, Rzeszów – the action was planned in Pustków, as well as in Lublin, Białystok, Radom, Kielce, Łódź, Szczecin and Gorzów Wielkopolski.

Junior aspirant Sebastian Nowacki has been serving in the police for 10 years – he works at the Municipal Police Headquarters in Płock on a daily basis. He is also the treasurer in the IPA Płock Region.

In September 2021, Nowacki organized a charity rally “1000 km non-stop by bike for Aleksandra Ziomka”, during which he managed to cover a distance of 470 km. He intended to drive non-stop 1,000 km from Radom to Gdańsk and Hel, and then along the Baltic Sea coast to Szczecin. After an accident that took place between Bydgoszcz and Grudziądz due to the fault of the truck driver, he had to stop the rally. He went to the hospital. Then it turned out that surgery was necessary.

The charity event, which Nowacki was also the originator of at the time, was held under the honorary patronage of the Provincial Police Commander in Radom, the president of this city and the marshal of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship

Main photo source: police.pl

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