In January 2010, Daniel Murray sets off on bike from Bangkok to Phuket in Thailand to raise $10,0000 for the Hands Across the Water charity.
The charity specifically helps children orphaned after the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami and 100% of of funds raised are used for running the orphanage and building a new community centre.
In early 2009, 18 riders set off for the journey on Mountain bikes with the aim of raising funds (over $200,000) and also ensuring that the ongoing needs of the children are not forgotten. While it is over five years since the disaster – the Australian charity, Hands Across Water has already been in action with activities such as purchasing vehicles so the children can attend school, running development and education programs as well as setting up a rubber plantation so that the orphanage can begin to support itself financially.
For Daniel, a business advisor from a major bank in Sydney, the combination of giving back to society and cycling is immensely satisfying. The charity prides itself on directing every cent raised to the children and the projects. While the charity runs a number of projects, for this ride, funds raised are specifically for building a new community centre. As part of a team of 30, this goal is possible. $10,000 is a realistic goal and you are invited to support Daniel – and ultimately the children.
Online donations are possible here >
Cheques or Money Orders can be sent to this address (please reference Daniel Murray to the donation can be tracked):
Hands Across the Water Australia
Reference: Daniel Murray
PO Box 4337
Castlecrag NSW 2068
You can find more information about the charity, the projects and fundraising on the website: www.handsacrossthewater.com.au
Youtube video from the 2009 ride.
Some impressions from the 2009 ride.