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H2H charity ride cyclists hit goal

Thursday, March 01, 2012, 12:35 GMT+7

19 cyclists from the UK, US, and Canada arrived in front of Ho Chi Minh City’s Reunification Palace on Wednesday afternoon, concluding their 25-day charity ride from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City that raised money for organizations that work with disadvantaged children. Over the past two years, the H2H (Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh) charity ride has raised a total of US$60,000 in an effort to support Vietnam’s disadvantaged children and help alleviate the cycle of poverty. This third iteration of the event was organized by a group of English teachers in Ho Chi Minh City. Their ride south took them to 24 towns and cities, among them, Hoa Binh, Huong Khe, Dong Hoi, Hue, Hoi An, Pleiku, Buon Ma Thuot and Bao Loc. Friends, families and children from charity groups carried banners and signs in wait for the cyclists’ arrival. Hugs and kisses were exchanged on the completion of an almost 2000km ride that included several bike breakdowns, flat tires and injuries. “The weather was horrible in some places and we could only see 2km ahead and back,” recalled Johnny Rebours, one of the cyclists. “However, we were accepted everywhere we went. We even attended a wedding!” “Before this trip, I never knew I could cycle on a mountain and that I could raise that much money for charity,” said Kirsty Brian, a female cyclist from the UK. Kirsty has raised US$1700 out of a total of US$37,000 by the H2H group. All proceeds will go to the Saigon Children's Charity and the Children’s Initiative Inc, which provides needy children with a proper education and healthcare.Donations are open until the end of March.


Phuong Thuy

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