Saturday, August 19, 2006

Cyclo Centre's Mekong Bike Ride

An old friend, Hallam Goad, has sent me this invitation to take part in a bike ride to raise funds for the Cyclo Centre Phnom Penh, a day centre for cyclo drivers which provides washing facilities, medical care and opportunities for them to learn a variety of skills. The adventurous challenge is to cycle the 629 kilometres between Kampot and Stung Treng over a period of 8 days in early December this year. Unfortunately I can't make it - as I'm not quite that mad, yet - but if you are interested in getting involved, or finding out more about the Cyclo Centre, contact Hallam on (Cambodia) 012 360472 or by email: They also have a website here.

Whilst the exact number of cyclo drivers in Phnom Penh is not precisely known because of the itinerant nature of the work, more than 1,300 are regular users and beneficiaries of the Cyclo Centre, which impressed the hell out of me.

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