Travelling 2,002 km from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh would be a long journey by any means of transport and to suggest doing it on a bicycle would be inconceivable. Especially in Vietnam, where there are many perils such as; busy lorry-filled highways, immense heat, steep mountain ranges, drenching rain... However, twenty brave volunteers have taken on this mighty challenge by participating in the ‘H2H - Ride for Vietnamese Children’.
The H2H riders are all volunteers with 100% of their donations going direct to their partner charities. All of the ride expenses and bicycling equipment are covered by the riders and UK gift aid donation supplement.
The Team comes from a variety of different backgrounds, from Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA. They now all reside and work in Vietnam. The bikers’ reasons for taking on such a challenge also vary. One of rider George Erhard’s reasons is that he hopes to ‘see some of the places (he has) not been to yet’, while Chris Tran hopes to, ‘encourage more cycling for young and old in the cities’. Chris Gallet’s motivation, which is frequently mentioned by the whole team, is that it provides for a great ‘opportunity to make a difference in the lives of Vietnamese children’. Another common reason is summed up well by Tim Gomez; it’s a ‘great way to give back to a fantastic country!’
Reading their daily blog, it’s been no walk (or should I say ride) in the park. The bikers have faced nearly everything that Vietnam can throw at them from irritating faulty tires, police checks, being caked in mud, ruined Hawaiian shirts to even some of riders having to return to Saigon early due to injuries. We are pleased to hear that, Bekah, Rebecca and Thea are safe and well, and that the rest of the group is still going strong. Currently they have made it over half way, reaching Kham Duc in the central highlands, and have 900km to go.
Saigon Children’s Charity (SCC) is extremely grateful for these courageous bikers taking on such a trepid expedition to raise funds to help disadvantaged children in Vietnam. The H2H team is raising money for five charities throughout Vietnam, including SCC. This makes it the third year running that the H2H charity ride organisation has supported us.
We would like to personally thank Mike, Chris R., Kim, Thea, Bekah, Claire, Rebecca, Natalie, Isaac, Georges, Damo, Tat, Tim, Keith, Chris G., Zach, Jack, David, Carolyn and Chris T., for your unbelievable dedication. We look forward to seeing you back in Saigon on the 29th of April and good luck for the rest of your ride!
They have all being working hard campaigning to hit their group target of US$45,000. The latest update is that they have achieved US$35,000 which is an amazing achievement. They will be collecting till the end of May so please follow the link and show your support at www.justgiving.com/teams/h2h2015. You can also find out more information at: www.h2hcharityride.org and follow their blog at: http://h2hrfvc.blogspot.com.