Four students from England have pedaled their bicycles from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City to raise funds to sponsor five poor students through their four years at university in Vietnam.
Having a great support for the ‘Eliminate Poverty through Education’ launched by Saigon Children’s Charity and wishing to explore a new country, they’ve decided to take the 29-day north-south cycling expedition on a stretch of more than 2,400 km.
| Three of the four members of the cycling team on the summit of a mountain on their way from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City |
During their trip, Sam Wilson, Callum Ewing, George Blurton and Jamie Richards, who are currently freshmen at a university in England, conveyed the message “‘Education helps end poverty” to their destinations in the country and donated books to students and working tools to locals as well.
“When I taught in Guyana last year, I realized that education is important for children’s success in life. I think, it’s a must to help disadvantaged children in order to alleviate poverty because they are the future of a country,” Sam Wilson said.
By far, they have raised $24,000 and the amount is expected to be increased.
The non-governmental organisation Saigon Children's Charity was founded in 1992 to help disadvantaged Vietnamese children to get an education and a fairer start in life.
Callum giving an elephant branded rucksack to a school child on his way to school (Photo in courtesy of Ride4Education)