Gordon MP Sir Malcolm Bruce is encouraging people to sign up to the first Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games.
His call followed the official Sport Relief 2014 Parliamentary launch.
MPs and peers had the chance to take part in the ‘Parliamentary Pedal’ challenge - Sir Malcolm cycled half a mile on an exercise bike in 1 minute 25 secs, beating a number of other colleagues.
He said: “The Parliamentary Pedal was great fun and I hope I can encourage others to get out there and fund-raise – whether that is through involvement in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, purchasing some of the great merchandise or donating.”
The MP added: “In the spirit of the Olympic legacy and ahead of Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games, Sport Relief is an amazing event which encourages us to be active as well as raising important funds which have a real impact for charities at home and abroad. I would encourage people to get involved if they can.”
Sarah Warby, Sainsbury’s marketing director, said: “We’re really proud of our Sport Relief sponsorship and pleased to see so many MPs taking part in our Parliamentary Pedal.
“We’re hoping to get 160,000 people involved with running, swimming or cycling at events across the country to raise money for Sport Relief.”
The event is from Friday, March 21 to Sunday, March 23, and the public can join in by running, swimming or cycling their way to raising cash at more than a thousand venues around the country.
In the North-east, the events are: The Aberdeen Mile at Duthie Park; The Swimathon at Portlethen Swimming Pool; The Aberdeenshire Haddo Country Park Mile; The Swimathon at Ellon Swimming Pool; The Turriff Mile; The Swimathon at Keith Sports and Community Centre.