A Gruelling Cycling Adventure in Vietnam to Fund Education


A Gruelling Cycling Adventure in Vietnam to Fund Education

Making a difference one adventure at a time!

You’re in your twenties, work in a bank, live in a developed city… but you want to make a difference to a community in another country, or perhaps even fight world hunger. Can you really do something about it? Even though it seems so out of reach? Well… yes. You just have to step out of your comfort zone and go ahead and do it.

Let these inspiring young individuals show you what they did!

An international team of 10 young working professionals successfully completed a long-distance cycling adventure to raise funds for Room to Read Vietnam. The team was diverse — with various nationalities and coming from different professional backgrounds. There were bankers, social workers, psychologists, entrepreneurs, teachers and lawyers, all united in one cause — wanting to change the world through educating children!

Team photo at a pit stop!

“I found the trip to be both challenging and inspiring. The country and people were breathtaking and the whole adventure was food for the soul and a wonderful reminder of the power we all have to make positive change in our world.” — Jennifer Hoare, a psychologist from Perth.

They took on a 150km challenge over a period of 3 intense days, which saw these (mostly amateur) cyclists, experience Vietnam in an intimate manner while supporting education in the country. The route led them off the beaten track into rural towns and fishing villages, along unforgiving mountain passes, through UNESCO world heritage sites and finally ending up in the Thai Nguyen district. That was where they had the opportunity to interact with the children that were being supported by Room to Read’s programs, and the staff of Room to Read Vietnam.

On the road at Da Nang

Celebrating on the summit at Hai Van pass

Annual Room to Read event

Overall, the team raised more than S$16,000 for the program in the 3 months from October to December 2012.

“It was an awesome experience learning amazing new things! I was left most inspired by the kids we met in the libraries and schools.” — Han Boon Khor, a finance executive from Singapore.

Back in Singapore after the ride, the team put together an event called “Girls.Books.Change”, which saw more than S$3,000 being raised over one weekend alone. At the event, which was held in partnership with a photography exhibition space, friends and supporters came down to get beautiful portraits taken with their favourite books in hand.

Sasha, Bree and Jennifer at a school supported by Room to Read

Bree Hansen, a teacher from Perth, summed it up, “The ride was challenging and I really felt like I accomplished something by the end. But more than anything else, seeing the impact of the money we raised had on schools and whole communities proved that change is possible and that as an individual and young working professional, I can make a difference.”

Have you ever experienced something like this? Share it with us so we can help inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and discover a bigger purpose than the normal day-to-day!

~ Written by Victoria Sim, Gone Adventurin’ Team & Adventurer!

Ashwin Subramaniam

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