Food for the Soul
In February this year I rode 500 Kms through Thailand for the amazing Australian charity ‘Hands Across the Water’ which supports Thai children. We raised over $10’000 personally, and over $300’000 collectively from our group of 46 riders. The generosity of our supporters will support the development of a new orphanage.
This life-changing experience touched all of our lives. For me, for Oliver my soulmate who rode with me and for my 2 daughters who worked at the orphanage. Knowing what a difference we could make has prompted me to do the ride again next year.
See the video of the 2015 Bike Ride
It is never too late to set another cycling goal, or to dream a new cycling dream
Heart over Mind
One Monday morning, Peter Baines, the Founder and Chair of Hands Across the Water sent an invitation to a Social Venture Program in Thailand sharing experiences with local people. In a heart over mind moment I signed up for this soul searching opportunity in August.
This exciting program will start in the slums of Khlong Toei in Bangkok. We will be spending time with the “Angel of the Slums” Khru Prateep (a former senator of the Thai government) to achieve outcomes and influence others positively in the face of determined resistance with grace and dignity.
Peter has been working together with Khru Prateep in the Thai slums to bring about positive change for the disadvantaged and forgotten people who live there. The groups of visitors Peter has taken to these areas experience changes in perspectives on life that cannot be reversed. I am honoured and privileged to have this opportunity to be involved and look forward to sharing my journey.
We then travel to Home Hug, a Hands Across the Water project to help HIV affected children. Here we will focus on sustainability, and benefit from an intimate session with another remarkable person – the 2011 Asian of the Year Mae Thiew. Mae will share her thoughts about tolerance, strength and compassion in the face of extreme discrimination and adversity.
I think Success can mean a lot of different things to different people but I’m thinking this answer is really quite simple. Success is doing something of Significance!
Embracing Home Hug
The orphanage is called Baan Home Hug as was founded by Mrs Suthasinee Noiin or ‘Mae Thiew” as she is affectionately known to the children.
The late 1980’s saw an AIDS epidemic that swept through Thai communities. Mae Thiew witnessed its impact on children, and moved quickly to provide these kids and children who lost parents to AIDS a home free of discrimination and where their medical needs were met.
There were times of struggle, and times where resources were stretched to breaking point. Sadly Mae Thiew witnessed children dying on a weekly basis, on one day alone she buried 3 children who lost the battle with HIV.
In 2010 ‘Hands Across the Water’ learned of Mae Thiew and her plight, and decided to offer financial assistance to Mae and the children of Home Hug. It is a great testament to the power of hope and love that since ‘Hands Across the Water’ started providing food and medicine not one child has died at Home Hug. Read about this remarkable lady When doing Good Starts with Trust
Recently I attended The Future of Leadership conference and amongst an inspiring list of high profile speakers Peter Baines shared some powerful stories. One quote has stuck with me since:
If not Now, then When – if not You then Who?
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