The dtr team are travelling to Thailand in February for a charitable bike ride run by Hands Across the Water. There are currently 40+ dtr staff and supplier partners travelling to Thailand, some rode for the charity in 2018 and some are newbies. They will be riding 400km over four days and as part of their preparation are taking on Tour de Ranges this weekend. All funds raised will go to the Hands Across the Water charity.
About the Charity
Hands Across the Water was created by former Australian police forensic specialist Peter Baines. Peter was part of the tsunami disaster victim identification team in Thailand and was deeply moved by the huge number of children he met who were left without families as a result of the disaster.
It inspired him to establish an organisation that could make a difference. In a country that was struggling to recover from the enormous impact of the Tsunami, Peter wanted to find a way to provide safety, shelter, education and ultimately a future for children who no longer had families to look after them.
In late 2005, Peter and a team of committed individuals with the desire to help others formed Hands Across the Water. It is a registered Australian, New Zealand and Thai charity that gives at-risk Thai children and their communities a helping hand by providing a safe environment, education and improvement opportunities to children and their communities. Hands Across the Water operates eight orphanages in the Tsunami impacted area of Thailand which are home to over 350 children.
They also support a further 40 plus children through University. Since 2005, the orphanages have extended their services to help other at risk children without families who can look after them.
In 2018 around 50 Thorn and dtr staff + trade suppliers rode 300 kms in 3 days across Thailand and raised over $200,000 to support the Hands Across The Water.
There’s no doubt it was a life changing experience for everyone involved as they rode into the Kanchanaburi New Life Orphanage, and got to meet the children they had raised money to support.
“This was both a physical and emotional experience for all of us and put into perspective how lucky we are living in New Zealand.”
The dtr team are aiming to raise $100,000 for Hands Across the Water by building support and awareness in New Zealand.
You can donate to the dtr charity ride here