|Year 8 students ride 800km in Thailand for charity - 23 February 2015|
During the holidays, two Year 8 students, Lili Leaney and Ruby Pearson, completed an 800 kilometre bike ride in Thailand, raising money for orphanages run by ‘Hands Across the Water’. HATW was established in 2005 in the wake of the Boxing Day Tsunami, which left thousands of children orphaned.
The ride took place from 14-22 January, with eight riding days and one rest day in the middle. The longest riding day involved covering a massive 142km! The girls commenced their ride just outside Bangkok and finished their journey at the Baan Than Namchai Orphanage at Khao Lak, north of Phuket. The orphanage was originally set up following the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami, where 3500 people lost their lives in Khao Lak alone, leaving many children orphaned. Currently there are 102 children in the orphanage.
Not only was it an incredible achievement for the girls to complete the ride, but at age 13, they were the youngest riders in the group and together with their teams, managed to raise over $30,000 along the way.
On the morning they set off for their ride, Lily and Ruby were delighted to meet fellow Lourdanian, Ella McKie (Year 10), whose family regularly visits Thailand to volunteer and support the Hands Across the Water charity.